Did you see Moscow Ballet’s Kissy Doll at the Indashio event for NYC Fashion Week? Check her out in the backstage photos, taken at the Park Avenue Audi Forum, meeting up-and-coming designer Indashio and Olympic Skater and model Johnny Weir.
It turns out that Johnny is a Russophile. He taught himself to read and speak Russian, trains with Russian Galina Zmievskaya and has an asteroid named after him, at the suggestion of his many Russian fans!
The cameras loved Kissy Doll and kept flashing as she sat in the front row of the show. Runway models for Indashio’s Men’s Premium Lounge spring line included other celebrities too such as NY Jets’ Plaxico Buress; Caridee English America’s Next Top Model winner; Matt Barnes from the LA Lakers. More celebrities glittered along both sides of the front row, including our Kissy Doll.
Kissy Doll (modelled by Sydney Keyes) looked beautiful in her ribbon-candy skirted Great Russian Nutcracker costume designed for Moscow Ballet by theatrical designer Dennis Ballard in 2000. The bodice is woven from 100 yards of decorator ribbon and 30 yards of tulle make up the 14 layers of tutu skirt! The costume weighs about 10 pounds, one tenth the weight of the ballerina wearing it so she has to adjust her movements to accommodate. This is one of 200 Moscow Ballet costumes that travel to 60 cities for the annual tour, see more at http://www.nutcracker.com/gallery/videos.