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3 November
Exhibition “Matilda. Recreating the era: costumes and jewelry for the movie of Alexey Uchitel”

In his large-scale movie, one of the most successful Russian filmmakers Alexei Uchitel turns to a complex historical period on the turn of the XIX - XX centuries. He reflects on the time of great changes, in which, there was a place for great love. Matilda Kshesinskaya is a ballerina who became a legend during her lifetime. Some worshiped her, others hated. She was born in the year when Tchaikovsky conceived the "Swan Lake", and died in the age of almost 100 years old after The Beatles break-up and man's exit into an outer space. One of the brightest fates of the twentieth century is about glory, universal recognition, the love of the powerful men changed by bound emigration, German occupation and humiliating need.
The movie about Kshesinskaya turned out to be the same controversial. It became one of the most discussed in the history of Russian cinema even before the release. It is impossible to remain indifferent: we recommend seeing this movie. The set-out "Matilda. Recreating the era: costumes and jewelry for the movie of Alexey Uchitel” runs at the 1st GUM line through November 22nd so that you could better understand this large-scale work.
Ball, business and evening dresses, military and dress uniforms, ballet tutus and even a crown are made on the basis of historical prototypes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 12 tons of silk, wool, velvet, leather, cloth, gabardine, calico, cotton & organza were used for their creation. The chief costume designer of Matilda Nadezhda Vasilyeva known for her work with Alexey Balabanov and Rustam Khamdamov, studied all the diaries and photographs of that time, private and museum collections while getting ready for the work over the movie. Together with her assistant she even went to the flea market in Paris in search of necessary fabrics and accessories. About 100 people worked over the costumes not only in Russia, but also abroad: manual embroidery was mainly done in India, simple shirts and pants were sewed in Pskov. Fabrics, shoes and accessories were brought from Italy, England, France, America, China. Mini-factory with a full production cycle from workshops with sewing and embroidery equipment, dyeing and drying chambers, and a laundry was arranged to optimize the process.
“Matilda. Recreating the era: costumes and jewelry for the movie of Alexey Uchitel” runs at the 1st line until November 22nd.

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