The designers, choreographers and artists who collaborated with Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballets Russes -- the company that introduced Modernism to dance -- are among the biggest names in art history. Many of their works, like set pieces, drawings and even two full-sized curtains (the largest objects to ever be exhibited in the gallery) will be seen in the U.S. for the first time upon the Sunday opening of "Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music."
But the real stars of this show are the costumes. Most of the major ballets in the show -- from "Scheherazade," to "Cleopatra," to the groundbreaking "Rites of Spring," -- are represented by the original costumes worn in each production, designed by artists like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and fashion designer Coco Chanel. And each of their designs are a wild re-imagining of the potential of what a dancer's costume should be.
They're also oddly prescient of a certain demographic of hipster fashion. The mixed prints, faux-tribal affectations and retro silhouettes are reminiscent of a certain purveyor of chic: Urban Outfitters. Couldn't you see some of these outfits being sold alongside flatforms and "Mullet on the go" wigs?
1. Costume for a Beotian shepherd from the ballet "Narcissus" or funky-patterned sundress? The hat works, too.
2. This nymph from "Narcissus" clearly predicted the 2013 comeback of the peplum waist.
4. Printed pants. So hot right now. Thanks, Pablo Picasso.
5. Add heels, remove wings, proceed directly to summer cocktail party.
6. Romper? Romper!
7. No but seriously, I would wear this one to a summer wedding.
8. This one, too! It's a little more Anthropologie than UO.
9. Pattern mixing! Someone's been reading their Vogue.
10. Architectural details, ethereal chiffon, and a 1920's style drop-waist? It's a little bit "Arabian Nights" and a little bit Baz Luhrmann-"Great Gatsby."