Trend Alert: Ballets Russes

The combined creative genius of Serge Diaghilev and Igor Stravinsky did more for the art scene than just create some of the most innovative and avant-garde ballets; it opened an entirely new look on design. At first not received well by the Parisian public in 1913, the Ballets Russes soon afterward became a sensation, influencing dance, fine arts, and fashion. Some of the most renowned artists and designers, such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Coco Chanel, paid their contributions to the ballets by designing costumes and sets.

The aesthetic of the Russian ballets was founded on modernist principles: simplified gestures, sharp angles, and geometric patterns; however, the inclusion of primitive motifs and themes rendered the performance even more extraordinary. Beading, embroidery, and loosely draped fabrics were the main components of the dancers' costumes. This fusion of modern, elegant, and primitive changed everything in fashion and design, and today remains a dazzling combination.

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