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Le Corsaire, Nureyev's costume


COSTUME DE RUDOLF NOUREEV POUR LE PAS DE DEUX DU CORSAIRE - Pantalon de harem en voile de coton vert tissé d’or, smocks aux genoux. Forte usure, reprises très nombreuses. Ceinture en métal vieil argent. Coll. CNCS / Fondation Rudolf Noureev - Photo Pascal François / CNCS.

COSTUME DE RUDOLF NOUREEV POUR LE PAS DE DEUX DU CORSAIRE. - Photo Pascal François / CNCS


 

Rudolf always wore the same costume, harem pants of green cotton net woven with gold “à la Bakst”. The state of wear and tear of this costume is unbelievable; the cloth is nothing but a patchwork of mends. Another pair of pants, in the same type of cloth and cut in the same way, is also part of the collection of Nureyev’s costumes that are now preserved at the CNCS thanks to the donation of the Foundation. It is completely new and was never worn. Of course, the first is not only a costume but a fetish, the materialisation of a memory.