The 1st edition of heritage Russian fashion exhibition ‘RUSSIA: HER STYLE AND SOUL’ (RHSS) has opened, at The Concrete, Alserkal Avenue, attended by Alserkal Group Founder Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal and officially opened by Mr Oleg Fomin, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Dubai and Northern Emirates. The exhibit, running February 17-19 allows visitors a rare chance to see unique historical accessories, clothes and costumes from the 18th – 21st centuries.
“It is my passion to share the joy of fashion and the inspiration and stories behind the rich array of style we preserve at the foundation,” says fashion historian and journalist Alexandre Vassiliev, the curator of this private collection. “I can think of no better time or place to bring together our historical journey of global fashion influence than here in Dubai, a melting pot of culture and fashion influence, whilst Dubai EXPO 2020 brings the world together in mutual appreciation,” finishes Alexandre.
Curated by the The Alexandre Vassiliev Collection, this event brings authentic heritage fashion influenced by global icons, fashion and theatre trends and political movements. The twentieth century contributes the richest part of the collection and consists of thousands of dresses made between 1900 and 2000 by major fashion couture houses as well as ready-to-wear, sometimes having belonged to great personalities such as the Duchess of Windsor, Lauren Bacall, Leslie Caron, Romola Nijinski, Fafzia Princess of Egypt, Eleonora Duse and others.
The Foundation itself preserves pieces from the greatest French houses; such as Doucet, Paquin, Poiret, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Dior, Courreges and others. Artworks of international houses such as Redfern, Fortuny and Babani are also preserved and the foundation has a particular focus on objects of fashion that are linked to major political shifts, including the entire wardrobe of the Russian millionairess Tatiana Samsonov and clothing associated with the Russian Revolution.
The Alexandre Vassiliev Foundation reflects a great interest in the art and cultural phenomenon of the Ballets Russes. The collection includes costumes designed by Leon Bakst for Diaghilev, as well by Nickolas Roerich, Alexandre Benois, Natalia Goncharova, Michel Larionov, Pablo Picasso, Raoul Duffy, Erte, and Waquewitch. There are also souvenirs of Russian Ballet that belonged to Serge Lifar, Tamara Toumanova, Irina Baronova, Alexandra Danilova, Maya Plisetskaya, Galina Panova, and many others.
The Moscow EXPO-2030 Bidding committee stated ‘We are so pleased to be able to promote this event to showcase the style and soul of Russian fashion, and demonstrate a small part of the beauty and passion that makes our Moscow EXPO 2030 application bid so unique’
Timings are 12pm-10pm daily and entry is free for all