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"The elegance in exile", the Russian fashion at the beginning of the XX century

17.09.2011 - 06.01.2012

Venice, from September 17th , 2011 to January 6th , 2012 - Style and fashion at the beginning of the XX century at Palazzo Mocenigo in Venice

The exhibition has been conceived as part of the celebrations of the "Year of the Italian language and culture in Russia and the Russian culture and language in Italy", created after the meeting between the Russian collector, set designer, costume designer and scholar Alexandre Vassiliev and the Russian expert Francesca Dalla Bernardina, both led by their love of fashion, conceived as an art performance, and of Russian culture in general.
The core of the show is represented by the costumes of the "Ballets Russes", realised by famous artists, such as Léon Bakst, Natalia Gončarova and André Derain. There are also several items from the private collection of Vassilev, that arrived in Italy for the first time after the great success of the event at the "Tama Art University Museum" in Tokyo in 2009.
The exhibition aims at retracing the Russian style of the beginning of the XX century, which led the "Bellet Russes" to success, thanks to the passion showed by the entrepreneur Sergej Djagilev, who undoubtedly influenced the fashion of the time with an oriental trend appreciated throughout Europe.

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Where: Palazzo Mocenigo Museum – Centre for Studies of History of Textiles and Costume
Location: Venice
Address: Santa Croce 1992
Region: Veneto