Fonds - Barbara Karinska fonds

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Barbara Karinska fonds

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Varvara Andreevna Jmoudsky was born October 3, 1886 in Kharkov, Ukraine, where she married N. S. Karinsky, a prominent lawyer. She owned an embroidery school, Tea Salon, clothing store and millinery workshop in Moscow and also developed her own form of painting by applying pieces of colored silk gauze to photographs and drawings. In 1924, she moved to Paris, France, where she made costumes from artists’ designs. She moved to New York in 1938 and designed costumes for the New York City Ballet, and later she also worked for the theatre, opera, and cinema. In 1948, she was the co-winner of the Academy Award for colour costume design for the film, Joan of Arc. In 1962 she was given the Capezio Award for her contribution to dance. She designed costumes for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s productions of Allegro Brillante, Tarantella, and Serenade. Barbara Karinska passed away October 18, 1983. In 1999, she was posthumously inducted into the National Museum of Dance's Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame.

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The records of Barbara Karinska came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives as part of a transfer of records from the RWB archives.

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The Barbara Karinska fonds includes a biography [1988].

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