Léon Bakst, Stage design for Schéhérazade, 1910, gouache and watercolor with gold highlights on paper, 54.5 x 76 cm. Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. (Photo: Laurent-Sully Jaulmes.) From Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton and Ghislaine Wood (eds), Art Deco 1910-1939, exhibition catalogue, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2003, p. 109.
Orientalist dress at the Dance & Fashion exhibition at The Museum at FIT, New York, September 13, 2014-January 3, 2015, including (front row L to R) three costumes designed by Léon Bakst for the Ballets Russes Schéhérazade from FIT and Ravenscourt Galleries, London, a fancy dress costume designed by Paul Poiret from 1919, and an Yves Saint Laurent ensemble from his 1976 'Russian Collection' inspired by the Ballets Russes. From Kering. (Photo: The Museum at FIT.)
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney at an 'Oriental feast' in Paris in 1913 with Edward Knoblock, Emanuele de Rosales, and Herbert Haseltine, 1913, black and white photograph. From B. H. Friedman, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: A Biography (Doubleday: Garden City, 1978), n.p.
'The climax of the evening was reached when our fair guest of honor, filled with a sudden "Arabian" fire, sprang up, and grasping a huge tambourine, improvised an exotic dance of delightful posturings to which the musicians played an inspired accompaniment, while we three pashas, sprawling on cushions, clapped our hands in rhythm to the music.'
Edward Knoblock, Round the Room (Chapman and Hall: london, 1939), quoted in Friedman, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, p. 324.
Nikoo Paydar has a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute, London.