The St.Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music
The International conference Theatre and Fashion. Dialogue of arts
23 -24 November 2013
Dear colleagues, we invite you to contribute to the work of the International conference Theatre and Fashion. Dialogue of arts. It deals with subject of interaction between culture of theatrical costume and fashion as an element of our daily life. The purpose of the conference is to retrace retrospective of cooperation between theatre and fashion and analyse phenomenon of these arts’ symbiosis at the moments of their closest approach, from XVIII century till nowadays.
The most interesting themes of dialogue between theatre and fashion still wait for their researchers. Among them are: the origin of collaboration between the two arts in historical aspect; the role of fashion as quintessence of actuality, which is included in a structure of the performing act; creating image of contemporary culture with the means of theatre and fashion.
Leo Bakst is probably the only one whose creativity was carefuly studied both in Russia and in Europe. However, we can’t overlook the role of other significant persons in consolidation and development of connections between the two arts - namely Nadezda Lamanova, Vera Muchina, Lubov Popova and modelers Yves Saint Laurent, Capucci, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Gianni Versace, Tatiana Parfenova, Igor Chapurin e.c. who wait for their researchers.
One can’t imagine world of fashion as well as theatrical world without audience. They are both strongly interested in public performance and visual effects. Costume turned into one of the main means of theatrical expressiveness, and theatre in its turn became a place for demonstration of fashion trends of the past and unique laboratory creating new images and styles. An atmosphere of relative reality gives freedom for trailblazing experiments, actor’s charm along with magnetism of scenic character fills image with sense and attractiveness.
In the first half of XIXth century theatrical stage became a real runway where actresses demonstrated the latest fashion trends and female part of audience followed them. Main propagandist of Paris fashion in Russia was a popular actress Maria Savina. A famous ballet dancer Maria Taglioni — symbol of female grace of the Romantic era was the first who turned theatrical costume into a daily one.
During XXth century opposite process took place. Theatre turned from a trendsetter to an atelier haute couture attracting the most talented and the most famous couturiers for creating scenic costumes and images.
We invite you to share your thoughts regarding this breathtaking research subject during the conference Theatre and Fashion. Dialogue of arts held within the frames of the International Festival of Arts Diaghilev P.S.
Terms of participation:
1. Deadline for confirming the theme of your report –1st June 2013
2. Deadline for detailed abstracts (600 – 1200 signs with space characters) for publication in the booklet of Festival –1st September 2013
3. Deadline for sending brief information about yourself and your portrait picture for publication in the booklet of Festival –1st September 2013
Organizers supply participants with:
1. Invitation tickets for the events of the Festival in accordance with the program (tbc)
2. Hotel accommodation during the conference
3. Illustrated booklet of the Festival with published abstracts of the conference
Fax: + 7 (812) 314 77 46
Phone: + 7 (812) 310 10 29
Curators of the project: Maria Melnikova and Alexandra Shtarkman
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