Monday, January 10, 2011

Leon Bakst

We weren't finished with Mr. Leon Bakst (1866-1924) just yet! He was a costume designer with the influential Ballet Russe (the Russian Ballets), which incorporated modern dance, exceptional music (collaborations with Igor Stravinksy among others) and costumes to create a meaningful story. 

Here are some of his beautiful sketch designs:

costume for a Nymph in Daphnis and Chloe, 1912

design for Nijinksy in La Peri

costume design for a pilgrim

Bakst was also an elaborate set designer:
set design for Aladdin, c. 1916

set design for act II of Las Demeures of Phaedre, 1923

ps: a documentary was released in 2005 about the Ballets Russe, watch the trailer here.

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