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The Ballet Russes’ Lydia Sokolova and Leon Woizikovski in Le Train Bleu, 1924. Costumes by Chanel.

The Ballet Russes’ Lydia Sokolova and Leon Woizikovski in Le Train Bleu, 1924. Costumes by Chanel.

les ballets russes - costume de Leon Baskt

les ballets russes - costume de Leon Baskt

Anna Pavlova - February 12 [O.S. January 31] 1881 - January 23, 1931) was a Russian ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th century. She is widely regarded as one of the finest classical ballet dancers in history and was most noted as a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognised for the creation of the role 'The Dying Swan' and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour ballet around the world.

Anna Pavlova - February 12 [O.S. January 31] 1881 - January 23, 1931) was a Russian ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th century. She is widely regarded as one of the finest classical ballet dancers in history and was most noted as a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognised for the creation of the role 'The Dying Swan' and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour ballet around the world.

Vaslav Nijinsky as the faun at the premiere of the Ballets Russes’ production of Afternoon of the Faun at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, May 1912

Vaslav Nijinsky as the faun at the premiere of the Ballets Russes’ production of Afternoon of the Faun at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, May 1912

VASLAV NIJINSKY (1889-1950) Russian ballet dancer and choreographer. In 1909 he joined Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and became an international sensation. By 1917 Nijinsky began showing signs of mental illness and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He spent the rest of his life in and out of psychiatric hospitals and asylums.

VASLAV NIJINSKY (1889-1950) Russian ballet dancer and choreographer. In 1909 he joined Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and became an international sensation. By 1917 Nijinsky began showing signs of mental illness and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He spent the rest of his life in and out of psychiatric hospitals and asylums.

Ruth St. Denis in Radha 1908

Ruth St. Denis in Radha 1908

Leona Woods

Leona Woods

Ansuya second generation, great dancer

Ansuya second generation, great dancer

Indonesian dancer in costume.

Indonesian dancer in costume.

Anna Pavlova dressed in a traditional Mexican "China Poblana" outfit, during a visit to Mexico.

Anna Pavlova dressed in a traditional Mexican "China Poblana" outfit, during a visit to Mexico.