Known for his romantic prints and distinctive feminine forms, who better to design an exclusive piece for the V&A’s stunning new exhibition Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909 – 1929, than top designer Erdem Moralioglu.
Characterised by its sensational visual performance, the Russian Ballet celebrated the design and craftsmanship of the costumes as much as the artistry of the dance itself.
Costumes for the ballet Narcisse were designed by Leon Bakst in 1911, and it’s his rich illustrations which are scattered across the beautiful Erdem scarf.
Speaking of his inspiration for the piece, Erdem said: ‘
‘It’s wonderful to work with Bakst’s illustrations; I thought they were such a wonderfully inspiring starting point for the scarf. The Ballets Russes are so inspiring and colourful.'
The Narcisse Scarf is available exclusively from the V&A Shop from September.
By Tara Gardner