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Nicholas Georgiadis

King Florestan costume sketch

King Florestan costume sketch for Act I of The Sleeping Beauty designed by Nicholas Georgiadis (1972).

Georgiadis’ costume sketches for The Sleeping Beauty reveal a luxurious, regal style for the royal characters. When paired with the grandiose sets, the stage is transformed into a magnificent court scene.

Georgiadis drew inspiration from the decadent court of King Louis XIV, who played a key role in the development of ballet in the 17th century. Formerly a dancer himself, Louis XIV was passionate about ballet and founded the Royal Academy of Dance, the world’s first ballet school, in 1661.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.