Portrait of Serge Diaghilev with His Nanny, by Léon Bakst (1906)-:usually referred to outside of Russia as Serge, was a Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes, from which many famous dancers and choreographers would arise.
The exhibition portrays the influence of Russian émigrés on fashion, displaying costumes of Ballets Russes (The Russian Ballets) designed by Leon Bakst, Natalia Gončarova and Alexander Benois, as well as dresses worn by aristocrat Russian women who fled to Europe after the October Revolution in 1917. Most of the dresses are part of fashion historian Alexandre Vassiliev's personal collection, dating back to the 1920s and 1930s.
Léon Samoilovitch Bakst (10 May 1866 – 28 December 1924) was a Russian painter, scene and costume designer. He was a member of the Sergei Diaghilev circle and the Ballets Russes, for which he designed exotic, richly coloured sets and costumes. His paintings are just so vibrant and animated. You can really see and feel the dancers turning and leaping in his paintings.
N.Y. Public Library goes backstage with Sergei Diaghilev and Ballets Russes
Sheherazade Vera Fokina and Mikhail Fokine of the Russian Imperial Ballet in 'Scheherazade.' Music by Rimsky-Korsakov, choreography by Mikhail Fokine, designs by Leon Bakst. 1910. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images