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Marc Jacobs Debuts at the Paris Opera

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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OPERA MAN Jacobs • Nutcracker, anyone? According to French Vogue, the Garnier Opera in Paris has commissioned Marc Jacobs to create 42 dresses for a performance there. Suddenly, the plan behind Jacobs's ballet flats is clear.

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