The Costumes of Rudolf Nureyev: Born on This Day in 1938

March 17, 2013
Rudolf Nureyev, 1961

Rudolf Nureyev, 1961

Rudolf Nureyev – Born March 17,1938

Museum-goers in San Francisco were recently treated to a rare opportunity to celebrate the life and artistic legacy of renowned ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev (born March 17, 1938). This spectacular exhibit (Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance) ran successfully at San Francisco’s de Young Museum from October 6, 2012 – February 17, 2013, and included many of the artist’s costumes.

Below, are two splendid examples of the costumes on display. The jacket on the left was designed by Nicholas Giorgiadis for Nureyev to wear for the role of Prince Florimond in Sleeping Beauty (Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1966), and the costume on the right was designed by Ezio Frigerio and Mauro Pagaono for Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (London Ballet Festival, 1977). (Collection CNCS/Rudolf Nureyev Foundation.)

All of the costumes that were on display have since been returned to the Centre National du Costume de Scène (CNCS) in France, where they are preserved.   In case you missed it, programs from the de Young Museum exhibition are available here at the museum website.

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