>>I'm gutted that I missed out on Sadler's Wells' production of In the Spirit of Diaghilev, where Diaghilev's Ballet Russes is paid tribute to by four choreographers.  I'm also patiently waiting for the Ballets Russes exhibition to come around at the Victoria & Albert museum and seeing as the centenary of the first performance by Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes at the Th√©√¢tre du Ch√¢talet in Paris is in 2009, the exhibition due to open in 2010 seems a long way a way.  Thanks to an article from work though, I got to at least relive some part of the performances that took place at the Sadler's Wells and I guess coming across these images are a semi-consolation. 

They actually reveal an interesting collaboration though that isn't going to bore those of you that don't happen to be Diaghilev ballet geeks.  These shots photographed by Diego Franssens of the dancers from  Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui‚Äôs Faun (a re-interpretation of The Afternoon of a Faun originally choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky and scored by Claude D√©bussy) showcase the costumes that Hussein Chalayan has created for the production.  I can't be 100% sure but the fabric looks very similar to that acetate foam stuff that gave the 'concrete' effect to his 'Earthbound' A/W 09 collection, except the texture looks thinner.  I love the twists and sense of fluidity that has been injected into these dancers' costumes that is like a softening of his 'concrete' pieces… like a lump of Fimo getting softer and more pliable and then being moulded into a Georgia O'Keefe-esque flower.  There you go… Fimo and O'Keefe… all on a Monday.  

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  1. Kara.

    2009-10-19 at 3:35 PM

    I loved this post Susie, thanks so much for sharing.

  2. missmilki

    2009-10-19 at 3:44 PM


  3. Tomorrow

    2009-10-19 at 4:41 PM

    wow what pictures!
    I love the V&A they are amazing at interesting exhibitions!
    great post!
    thanx susie!

  4. Eline

    2009-10-19 at 5:28 PM

    Eeeh! I’m such a Diaghilev fan! You’ve really got me considering going to London just for the V&A expo…
    Also, you might be interested in this book on Les Ballets Russes! http://www.bokus.com/b/9789197790161.html
    It’s about Diaghilev’s Paris period in which Chanel and such designed the costumes & Picasso and such designed the backdrops! You can see some photos here http://www.booooooom.com/2009/07/21/frankenstein-ballets-russes/
    It looks so so good! I ordered my copy Saturday and it’s already on its way. I can’t wait! I’m so so genuinely excited! *_*
    I love Les Ballets Russes so much! I mean, it’s so interesting! Have you seen the original Nijinsky choreography of Le Sacre du Printemps? It’s on Youtube somewhere and so totally amazing. ALSO I haven’t found any DVDs or downloadable films with any other original choreography. Did you happen to coma across of anything of the original choreography? Because I’m so desperate to own anything like it! *_*

  5. Bargain Bex

    2009-10-19 at 5:37 PM

    Goodness! Those outfits literally just took my breath away … they wrap around their intended forms so prettily (*gasp*)

  6. l'homme qui lit

    2009-10-19 at 5:40 PM

    I went to see this performance on Saturday:D what a great show! unfortunately, the male dancer wasn’t wearing this Chalayan costume but only short pants.

  7. ag

    2009-10-19 at 5:40 PM

    This is how real healthy human body looks like. And it’s so strange to see it here after countless fashion blogs… 🙂 Respect.

  8. Caroline

    2009-10-19 at 6:27 PM

    There so much muscles!!
    i wanna touch that fabric, looks like sme kind of mix that includes neoprene?

  9. cassiopeia

    2009-10-19 at 11:49 PM

    Ah, amazing fabric! I went to see Mayerling at the RoH on Friday, and golly I love ballet costumes! They were all red and brown and orange. Crunchy autumnal colours if you will 😉 Xxxc

  10. Festy in style

    2009-10-21 at 10:05 AM

    Very nice photos!!!

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