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Adventures with costumes

In the exhibition we show a short film incorporating material from the BBC’s Late Night Line Up: Diaghilev Scenery and Costumes originally transmitted on 22 July 1968 to help explain the acquisition of sets and costumes by the V&A. Of course the full story is somewhat more complex as they were purchased by Richard Buckle – with, as he liked to say, other people’s money, to establish a Museum of Theatre Arts in London. They were handed over to the V&A some six years later in 1974 when a number of collections came together. In 1975 in conjunction with Salisbury …

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Diaghilev 1954 (again) – Times change

As I continue to get so many requests for information about Richard Buckle’s The Diaghilev Exhibition at Forbes House exhibition I thought I’d share with you a few further images of that memorable display because it is so different from Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929. Gallery 1 showed the three large posters now in our exhibition – with the Serov image of Pavlova (1909) and the two 1913 posters for the Théâtre des Champs-Elyssés with Cocteau’s Le Spectre de la rose drawings in a setting by Eric Richie. A quick look at the Buckle catalogue …

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1954 v 2010

It continues to amaze me that so many visitors to the V&A’s Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929 also saw the Richard Buckle’s 1954 Diaghilev. The average age of visitors does not appear to make that possible! Nevertheless, each week several arrive and make a point of telling me about the wonders of the Buckle show and how we cannot possibly live up to their recollections of that great exhibition. I am pleased to say that on leaving the V&A’s show some confess that they think we have met the challenge of their memories. It is …

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