Cartier & The Ballet Russes: How Dance, Theater, and Fashion Inspired Cartier

Saturday, August 20, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Horchow Auditorium

Discover how the Ballet Russes’ influence on Cartier’s designs and lexicons can be seen today in the DMA's exhibition Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity. Founded in Paris in 1909 by the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev, the Russian dance company embraced theater, music, and art, with costumes and set designs by Léon Bakst, Pablo Picasso, Coco Chanel, Sonia Delaunay, Giorgio de Chirico, and others.

Join us for short talks on the early years of the Ballet Russes, Cartier's’ Russian season, and how the ballet’s fashion can still be seen in today’s popular culture, followed by a film screening of Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music

The program features Jane Pritchard, Curator of Dance at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Michel Aliaga, Director of Transmission of Cartier History and Heritage, and Sara Idacavage, fashion historian and curator. 

Jane Pritchard, M.B.E., is Curator of Dance at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Pritchard a distinguished British historian of dance, has written extensively on the Ballets Russes and 19th- and 20th-century dance. She has held positions as archivist of Rambert Dance Company and English National Ballet and created the Contemporary Dance Trust Archive. 

Exhibitions Pritchard has curated include the major show Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, Les Ballets 1933, and Flash of Light: The Dance Photography of Chris Nash. She lectures widely on dance and has created BBC radio programs on the Ballets Russes and the 19th-century composer for dance Georges Jacobi. 

She has contributed to numerous publications, including the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, The Annual Register, Dance Chronicle, Dance Research, and The Dancing Times. She was a recipient of a Churchill Travel Fellowship and the Anthony Denning Research Award. Pritchard is author of the exhibition catalogue Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909–1929, Anna Pavlova: Twentieth Century Ballerina, and the recently published Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse

Michel Aliaga is the Director of Transmission of Cartier History and Heritage and is based in Paris. As a Cartier ambassador, Aliaga communicates the history of the House, its founding myths, and its heritage with high-end clients and friends of the Maison. He is author of Cartier: Innovation Through the 20th Century

Sara Idacavage is an educator, archivist, and writer who focuses on fashion history and material culture. She has taught a wide variety of courses on fashion history, theory, and textiles at the Pratt Institute, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Parsons School of Design, where she received her master’s degree in fashion studies. Idacavage currently teaches at the University of Georgia, where she is now pursuing her doctoral degree and research on sustainable fashion. Outside of teaching, she has worked in museums, university archives, and the corporate archives of prominent American fashion designers. In addition to her doctoral studies, she is currently working on exhibitions at the University of Georgia’s Special Collections Library.

If you would like to view Cartier and Islamic Art before the talk, a separate ticket is required. Exhibition tickets can be reserved here.

$5 public; FREE for DMA Members and students