Léon Bakst
Costume for the Bluebird in The Sleeping Princess 1921

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Sleeping Princess is a familiar fairy story of how good vanquishes evil. After sleeping for 100 years, the Princess is finally awoken by the handsome Prince, and her wedding takes place in the last act. There are many guests at the celebration and the Bluebird wearing this elaborate costume dances a pas de deux. The doublet of royal blue and pale blue satin, was worn with matching tights. It is intricately detailed with imitation pearls, jewels and appliqué.