The Ballets Russes, and in particular their costumes, have been my passion since I was 15 years old and found an old exhibition catalogue in a second-hand bookshop.
The catalogue was from the National Gallery of Australia’s 1999 exhibition, From Russia with Love, and contained a picture of this costume for a knight from the 1910 production of Firebird. I became obsessed with this wonderful costume which had been designed by Aleksandr Golovin for The Ballets Russes.
I loved the relative simplicity of it and the use of a white/cream back ground. The double skirt or lampshade style also fascinated me. To me it was perfect!
In year 10 at my high school in Central Victoria – while everyone else was making cotton pj’s in textiles class – I made and screen printed my own version of this costume!
The Firebird remains my favourite ballet and this costume triggered my whole career!