[At left, Young Raja in Dieu Bleu Ballet, by Leon Bakst © Victoria and Albert Museum / V&A Prints; at right, boots worn by Alicia Markova in Prince Igor, about 1926; background textile, detail of a costume for a Polovtsian Girl in Prince Igor, designed by Nicholas Roerich, 1909. All images via the V & A .]
The V & A is gearing up in a big way for the fall blockbuster, Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929. In addition to the related gift shop merchandise, talks, performances, courses, workshops, book, CD set, and walking tours, there is a comprehensive blog focused entirely on the exhibition.
[The Grand Entrance to the V&A on Cromwell Road.]
Considering artistic director Serge Diaghilev's innovative approach to synthesizing art, textiles, music and dance, not to mention his collaborations with 20th-century talents Picasso, Matisse, Nijinsky, Stravinsky, and Chanel, his work seems to be a perfect fit for the London museum. (Theatrical design, fashion, fine art, fabric -- it's all the domain of the V & A.) The show opens September 25 and continues through January 9, 2011. Explore the details here.
[Click to enlarge. From Etcetera: Creating Beautiful Interiors with the Things You Love, Murdoch Books 2009.]
More cross-cultural pollination: Fans of contemporary Australian stylist, Sibella Court, may remember that she created a paint collection for Murobond inspired by Diaghilev and Eastern European/Central Asian textiles.
Past post of interest: They're Getting Dressed.