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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Can't Beat This




For people who like to dress up, there's a real treat this summer at the Bakhrushina Theatrical Museum: An exhibit of the costumes of more than 80 costumers from all over the nation.


And this exhibit has everything: tutus and dancing tights, opera gowns, puppets and more, plus original costumes made for new plays and costumes from classic plays as well as futuristic costumes. Fyodor Dostoevsky's Raskolnikov is oddly missing, but there are Anton Chekhov and William Shakespeare costumes aplenty.


Once a week, the exhibit even features a puppet show. "Scenes from the Life of the Aristocracy of the 19th Century" is a costume ball for tiny marionettes that illuminates scenes from the theatrical and social life of that century.


The centerpiece of the exhibit is costumer Larisa Lomakina's "New Model," a costume dummy for the next century with two faces f one in profile, the other full face f that can be made to stand in a number of positions thanks to its rubber joints.


Another attraction are the costumes from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" f all are made of cloth bags f and Tatyana Larina's "Yevgeny Onegin" costumes made of cotton rags and floor mops.


Also featured is a collection of costumes from nightclub stage shows and Yelena Basovaya's "Striped Reality" (Polosataya Realnost), the content of which is probably self-explanatory.


If you love the Taganka Theater (see story, page II), you won't want to miss the collection of costumes by David Borovskoi from a selection of the theater's shows.


"Theatrical Costumes" (Teatralniye Kostyumy) runs until Sept. 1 at the Bakhrushina Theatrical Museum is located at 9 Ulitsa Malaya Ordynka. Metro Tretyakovskaya. Tel. 953-1245.