‘Coco’ Chanel pirouettes on to the stage
The life and times of the French fashion designer gets the Bolshoi treatment
Svetlana Zaharova and Jacopo Tissi during a rehearsal of the Gabrielle Chanel ballet by stage director Alexei Frandetti.
Photo: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/AFP
She was a fashion legend. The life and works of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel will be celebrated in a new ballet premiering at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater later this month.
It will highlight the designer’s love of Russia and will star prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova.
The one-act performance by choreographer Yuri Possokhov pays homage to the celebrated founder of the Parisian fashion house that bears her name and features a stunning display of Chanel costumes.
Created specifically for Zakharova, the ballet Gabrielle Chanel recounts the most memorable moments of the work and life of “Coco,” who died in 1971 aged 87.
“She loved Russian ballet, Russians and Russia,” Zakharova said. “She helped Russian aristocrats who were forced to flee the country. She loved Russian models.”
The Bolshoi created 85 costumes for the performance using Chanel designs.
“It will be a celebration of friendship between ballet and fashion,” Zakharova told the media ahead of Saturday’s performance.
“But this will not be a fashion show, it will be a genuine spectacle.”
– reporting by AFP