The collection was inspired by the gorgeous work of the artist Leon Bakst, who created luxurious stage costumes for the ballets presented in the project "Russian Ballet of Diaghilev".
This ballet enterprise successfully existed for 20 seasons from 1908 to 1928. Being performed with great success abroad, especially in France and Great Britain, Russian ballets have had a significant impact not only on choreography, but also on the development of world art in general. The company was based in Monaco, in the building of the Opera de Monte Carlo.
Diaghilev invited a whole galaxy of gifted dancers and choreographers to the entreprise - Vaslav Nijinsky, Leonid Massine, Mikhail Fokine, Serge Lifar, George Balanchine.
Leon Bakst and Alexander Benois, Pablo Picasso, Andre Derain, Coco Chanel, Henri Matisse and many others - and Russian avant-garde artists - Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Naum Gabo, Antoine Pevzner worked on the scenery and costumes of Diaghilev's ballets. Diaghilev's collaboration with famous composers of those years - Richard Strauss, Eric Satie, Maurice Ravel, Sergei Prokofiev, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky - was very fruitful.
The collection of dolls includes characters from four ballets, costumes for which were created by Leon Bakst. All these performances were presented by Diaghilev's troupe in Lisbon in 1917-18: Scheherazade, Narcissus, Cleopatra, Carnival, Le Spectre de la rose.
The objective of the dolls project was to reproduce the costumes as accurately as possible from the artist's sketches. For this, it turned out to be necessary to paint and embroider fabrics by hand. The dolls are made of "la doll" material, their size is from 40 to 50 cm. The dolls are painted in tempera and watercolors, silk, cotton, velvet, cotton, beads and pearls are used in their costumes, the stands are made of olive and resemble a theatrical stage.
SCHEHEREZADE A ballet based on the fairy tale from "A Thousand and One Nights" "About King Shahriyar and his brother", which tells about the Princess Scheherazade, who saved Shakhriyar's young wives from death.
The ballet was staged by Mikhail Fokin by the music of the symphonic suite by N.А. Rimsky-Korsakov"Scheherezade".
The premiere took place on 4 June 1910 at the Grand Opera.
The costumes were performed by the artist Lev Bakst. The most famous dancers of the Zobeida were Ida Rubinstein and Vera Fokina, the slave of the Zobeida was performed by Vaslav Nijinsky and Mikhail Fokin.
DOLLS: ZOBEIDA AND THE SILVER SLAVE, the dresses are embroidered with beads and purl.
NARCISSUS One-act ballet staged by M.Fokin in 1911 by music by N.Tcherepnin "Narcissus and Echo", based on Ovidium's "Metamorphoses". The first performance by the troupe of the Diaghilev's Russian Ballet took place on April 26, 1911 at the Teatro Monte-Carlo.
DOLLS: BOEOTIAN AND BOEOTIKA, the dresses were painted by hand in «batic» technique and embroidered in aim to copy the original textiles.
CLEOPATRA (EGYPTIAN NIGHTS) One-act ballet (choreographic drama) staged by M.Fokine, revised from Egyptian Nights for the first ballet Russian season. First presented by Diaghilev's Russian Ballet troupe on June 2, 1909 at the Châtelet Theater, Paris.
Thanks to Bakst's work, "Cleopatra" has won unprecedented success. French critics wrote about sensual, touching, but at the same time barbaric costumes created by the artist.
DOLLS: DANCE WITH A TAMBOURINE OR JEWISH DANCE. For imitation the original textiles, was made embroidery with cotton threads and silk ribbons, appliqué on fabric.
CARNIVAL One-act ballet-pantomime to the music by R. Schumann, first staged on February 20, 1910 by M.Fokin according to his own script. In his memoirs, M. Fokin writes that, in addition to Diaghilev and the imperial theaters, the theaters of Stockholm, Copenhagen, Buenos Aires and many private enterprises bought the rights to stage the ballet from him. Thus, the play was apparently staged on many world stages. The decoration of the performance was performed by Leon Bakst. Mikhail Fokin considered Carnival to be his best ballet.
The part of Columbine was performed by T. Karsavina and V. Fokinа, Harlequin - V. Nizhinsky and V. Fokin.
DOLLS:COLUMBINE AND HARLEQUIN. The small cherries on Columbine dress are embroidered by hand, as well as the belt of Harlequin.
THE PHANTOM OF THE ROSE
One-act ballet by Mikhail Fokine to the music of the play by Carl Maria von Weber "Invitation to Dance" (1819) based on the poem "The Phantom of the Rose" by Théophile Gaultier. Was staged in the troupe of Diaghilev's Russian Ballet, sets and costumes by Leon Bakst.
The premiere took place on April 19, 1911 in Monte Carlo, in the Salle Garnier. Performers: Vaclav Nijinsky (Phantom of the Rose) and Tamara Karsavina (Girl).
DOLLS: THE PHANTOM OF THE ROSE. The rose petals are made from the silk ribbon.