Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A SWAN FOR KARL




From Vogue UK 
CHANEL announced this morning that Karl Lagerfeld has created an exclusive costume for The Dying Swan as part of English National Ballet's Ballets Russes season - set to take place at Sadler's Wells in June. The costume will be worn by the English National Ballet's senior principal dancer, Elena Glurdjidze, who danced The Dying Swan for Lagerfeld during her final fitting.
"We always say that the look is 50 per cent of how you are going to dance," Glurdjidze revealed. "So it is very important to have a beautiful costume."
Lagerfeld declared he has long been inspired by the ballet: "As a child I was already impressed by old images of Anna Pavlova dancing the ballet," he revealed, adding that, "the Ballet Russes were an influence for me".
Lagerfeld follows in the footsteps of Coco Chanel herself who designed costumes for both Le Train Bleu in 1924 and Apollon Musagete in 1929 in Paris. She also supported Ballet Russes founder Serge Diaghilev to stage The Dying Swan again after World War I in 1919. This year marks the centenary of the first performance of Diaghilev's ballet at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
LAUREN MILLIGAN
 
28 May 2009

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