Pavlova at The Savoy once more…

Last weekend I was involved in a wonderful event at The Savoy as part of this year’s Russian Ballet Icons Gala. This year’s gala focused of the legacy of The Ballets  Russes and consisted of a star studded gala at The Coliseum Theatre followed by a dinner at The Savoy.

I was asked by Giberg London to create a display inspired by Anna Pavlova for the pre-dinner drinks reception. Swiss silversmiths, Giberg, have created a wonderful range of jewellery, watches and objet d’art inspired by Anna Pavlova and they wanted this inspiration to be present in the display. For this event a replica of Pavlova’s Dying Swan costume took pride of place. I also had three dancers dressed as Pavlova (each costume was inspired by a different photograph of the ballerina) moving throughout the room.

I traced this wonderful picture of Pavlova performing at the annual fancy dress ball in 1912. The painting, by A.C. Michael, appeared in the Illustrated London News on the 1st of June 1912.

The Savoy was allegedly where Serge Diaghilev preferred to stay when in London and the Savoy Grill was apparently his favourite eatery. Anna Pavlova herself performed there several times at the annual fancy dress ball in aid of Middlesex Hospital. In 1911 Pavlova won second prize in the best lady’s costume competition dressed in her Russian dance costume.

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Ursula Hageli’s stunning reconstruction of The Dying Swan tutu took pride of place.


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The three ladies portraying Anna Pavlova looked gorgeous in vintage costumes.
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Thank-you to the wonderful Sophie Dutta for creating three gorgeous 1920s looks. 

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Packing up wasn’t quite so glamorous!