Far Off Wanderer
the-ephemeral-magpie: Costume designed by Leon Bakst (Russian, 1866-1924) for Anna Pavlova (Russian, 1881-1931) in Swan Lake.
Anna Pavlova’s Swan Lake ballet dress. This white net tutu sewn with sequins and trimmed with goose feathers was worn by Pavlova in her most famous role. First performed in 1907 ‘The Swan’ was ‘a landmark in ballet history’.
Its innovation lay in the way Pavlova and her choreographer, Michel Fokine, created a mood of deep emotion. The intensity of The Swan, also known as The Dying Swan, made it a great favourite with audiences. Pavlova danced it many times in London during the 1920s.