Costumes By Karinska

Costumes By Karinska Costumer Barbara Karinska was one of countless emigrees flung westward from czarist Russia by the Bolsheviks in the s Costumes by Karinska chronicles the life and work of this remarkably talented

  • Title: Costumes By Karinska
  • Author: Toni Bentley Lincoln Kirstein Edward Gorey
  • ISBN: 9780810935167
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Costumer Barbara Karinska was one of countless emigrees flung westward from czarist Russia by the Bolsheviks in the 1920s Costumes by Karinska chronicles the life and work of this remarkably talented woman, a consummate perfectionist who brought unprecedented quality, innovation, and beauty to costumes designed and executed for film, theater, opera, and dance Working behCostumer Barbara Karinska was one of countless emigrees flung westward from czarist Russia by the Bolsheviks in the 1920s Costumes by Karinska chronicles the life and work of this remarkably talented woman, a consummate perfectionist who brought unprecedented quality, innovation, and beauty to costumes designed and executed for film, theater, opera, and dance Working behind the scenes as one of Balanchine s closest and most important collaborators, Karinska made an enormous contribution to many of the great ballet masterpieces of this century, dressing over seventy five of the choreographer s productions This was, however, by no means her only professional association in a career spanning forty five years She worked with many other renowned choreographers, producers, and directors, such as Frederick Ashton, Agnes de Mille, Bronislava Nijinska, Jerome Robbins, Louis Jouvet, Franco Zeffirelli, Mike Todd, Victor Fleming, and George Cukor She took sketches by such artists as Andre Derain, Marc Chagall, Isamu Noguchi, Balthus, and Salvador Dali and transformed them into tangible, wearable apparel The lively text by Toni Bentley, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet, is full of anecdotes from those who knew the designer, revealing a sophisticated, independent woman with great style and aristocratic flair Also included in the book is a foreword by artist and dance aficionado Edward Gorey an essay by Lincoln Kirstein, co founder of the New York City Ballet, about Balanchine s Firebird for which Karinska designed costumes based on sketches by Chagall correspondence between Karinska and French actor director Louis Jouvet and a complete chronology of Karinska s career.

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    1. My favorite childhood book. These costumes were pivotal to my life, and this book was a catalyst to who I am as a person. The images are fantastic, no details are spared, even in black and white. A very moving and inspiring book for budding designers.

    2. Spectacular. Of course I'm a little biased - I love Bentley's work and as an admirer of City Ballet and Mr. B, couldn't help but adore this, although it was obviously about Madame K and her work throughout her life, not just with NYCB. Gorgeous photographs, and while I can never see enough of Diana Adams and Tanny, I was so happy to see my very favorite ballerina of all time, Allegra Kent, featured in a few of them.

    3. I loved this heavily illustrated book about the costume designer Karinska who changed the way ballets were costumed and tutus constructed. Inspiring!

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