Twentieth Century Ballet

Costumes of the Ballets Russes

The costumes of the Ballets Russes differed greatly from the traditional ballet outfit of the stiff “tutu” or so-called “open umbrella costumes” (Marks 183). Longer skirts were introduced, and more emphasis was placed on the body. Men often went shirtless. One can clearly see the exotic costume designs and Asian flare combined with traditional Russian peasant garb. [Click on the photos to get more details.]