The art of fine detail: On display at the Kennedy Center are costumes from some of the ballets by George Balanchine that the Suzanne Farrell Ballet has danced throughout its 10-year existence. In these works--”Divertimento Brillante,” “Divertimento No. 15,” “Scotch Symphony,” “Stars and Stripes” and the “Diamonds” section from the full-length ballet “Jewels” --Balanchine favored conventional costumes in rich colors with touches of luxury. Ballerinas have worn tutus for more than a century, but these tutus are especially well designed to show off the dancers’ legs, and the speed, brilliance and clarity of the Balanchine style. Trimmings are simple but elegant, as in the bold plaid sash over a subdued black costume for the male dancer in “Scotch Symphony,” the brass buttons and gold tassles that hint at military dress in “Stars and Stripes,” and the judicious bit of bling in the “Diamonds” costumes.
The costumes are on display in the Hall of States from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Oct. 30.
More photos after the jump.