DESIGNS ON THE BALLETS RUSSES: The London College of Fashion has partnered with the English National Ballet (which has revived the Ballets Russes’ repertoire in the past) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (which is holding the exhibition “Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes”) to showcase LCF students’ designs. Students in LCF programs were given the brief to create everything from fashion clothing and costumes to stage settings inspired by the Ballets Russes. And Friday, dancers from the English National Ballet will perform at the V&A wearing the students’ pieces The dancers will perform a piece choreographed by the ENB’s Stina Quagebeur, also inspired by the Ballet Russes, to music composed by Philip Glass.
Rob Phillips, creative director of the LCF’s school of fashion design and technology, said: “[The students] have been able to immerse themselves in the fantasy and couture world of Diaghilev and let their imaginations and creativity take over. Through this project, unusually, we were able to bring together students from a range of disciplines…echoing the way in which Diaghilev himself worked.”