He had created costumes for cinema, opera and the theater. Christian Gasc, French costume designer for the four Caesars, died at the age of 76, AFP learned this Friday from his curator. His body was discovered Tuesday evening at his Parisian home. The designer designed costumes for 50 films, winning three consecutive Caesars in the 90s for Madame Butterfly, an adaptation of the opera by Puccini by Frédéric Mitterrand, Ridicule, a film by Patrice Leconte set at the court of Versailles, and Le Bossu, a swashbuckling film by Philippe de Broca.
Cinema and opera
He receives a fourth Caesar for Goodbyes à la Reine in 2012, a historical drama around the character of Marie-Antoinette, with Diane Kruger, directed by Benoît Jacquot. It is with this director that he designs his most beautiful creations for the opera: Werther de Massenet in 2010 and The Traviata by Verdi in 2014, at the Paris Opera.
Lyric stars were full of praise for him on the news of his death. “I liked Christian Gasc. The man, the magnificent, the angel. I adored his gaze which saw you more beautiful than you are, and which by a marvelous talent embellished you still ”, tweeted the French baritone Ludovic Tézier. Great soprano Angela Gheorghiu said she was deeply saddened by the death of the creator she described in a tweet like an “extraordinary and unparalleled talent” costume designer.
I loved Christian Gasc, the man, the magnificent, the angel. I loved his profession, his superb and his discretion. I loved his madness, his southwest. I adored his gaze which saw you more beautiful than you are, and which by a marvelous talent embellished you still. Good rest, angel.
– Ludovic Tézier (@TezierLudovic) January 12, 2022
Collaborations with the greatest
Born in Dunes in Tarn-et-Garonne in a modest family, Christian Gasc was raised by a mechanic father and a seamstress mother who will give him a taste for cinema from an early age. At 19, he moved to Paris, where he met Liliane de Kermadec, who in 1975 offered him to work on the costumes for his film. Aloïse, performed by Isabelle Huppert and Delphine Seyrig.
He will therefore continue collaborations with star directors (Jeanne Moreau for Light, François Truffaut for The Green Room, Jean-Luc Godard for Passion) and others less known. He will be just as prolific in the theater, with around fifty collaborations, including Catherine Hiegel for her production of L’Avare de Molière at the Comédie-Française in 2009. He will receive in 2003 the Molière costume designer for Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde, at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris.