santa please …………….

I have amassed some sumptuous textiles in my kind of style.  Items that I would love to own .  Some of these items only grace  exotic cases in museums across the globe, or exquisite Fortuny locked away in private collections but I can dream.  To see the full collection follow this link http://pinterest.com/carolg1849/my-style/

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Ballet Russe

Thanks Mr Bowery, it was because of you I came across this image, I thought it was a costume of yours, but then I read it was in fact a costume for the Ballet Russe designed back in 1935 !

Leon Bakst drawings I have always admired, and recently when I watched the Chanel / Stravinsky story my interest in the Ballet Russe became more prominent in my life again. I find the colours so inspiring.   Diaghilev was a very clever man, he put together composers and artists the most avant-garde of their time, Braque, Stravinsky, Chanel, Picasso, Matisse and Nijinsky the famous dancer and produced the most inspiring and challenging ballets.  He was not at all afraid to break with convention and his passion paid off, however at his death it limped along but was never the same again.

The boldness, the colours, the loose shapes, ballet costumes had never been seen like this before.  I just love them, the colours sing out, I so would love to have been around to see their opening nights, especially THE RITES OF SPRING, apparently this caused a riot and they had to close down the theatre!!  It’s hard to believe that now, but here is a collection of some the hundreds of costumes that were designed and made especially for each ballet.

Could they be transformed into paper sculptures, could the colour combinations be transformed into my design work and paintings, somehow they will have an influence, my creative mind is like a sponge, its absorbs everything around me so that one day it will be expressed in some form again as I continue along this creative path

VOGUE ITALY MARCH 2010-SHOT BY TIM WALKER

wow,  I came across these most delicisous images today, I find them so inspiring, so much so that I have already sketched the wonderful folds, curls and curves and want to incorporate them somehow into a painting, maybe  pen and ink sketch with watercolour, not sure yet………  watch this space, it will be something creative, so thanks to Klosset Blog for scanning the voque images into your blog, and thanks to Tim Walker for photographing these splendid images for Italian vogue.

See even more of them here http://klosetkase.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/vogue-italy-march-2010-shot-by-tim-walker/