>> For the first time in well over two decades, I’ve spent Christmas and New Year’s away from London.I’ve traded in turkey, cold walks and Crimbo TV (I say that, having binged on Downton and Call the Midwife using Hola) for sun, sea and food loaded up with Thai chillis. I’ve just finished up a wonderful stay at Sri Panwa in Phuket – overindulgent piccy post to come later – and I’m now in Sydney, Australia to embark on an exciting trip up to Lost Paradise Festival in Glenworth Valley for New Year’s Eve.
I’m actually there to film some fun content with MTV Australia for their MTV Trippers series with the infinitely more festival-ready Mimi Elashiry. With Wilderness/Port Eliot vibes lingering in the backdrop of this festival, there’ll be somewhat of a New Year’s Eve costume challenge involved, which I’m obviously always up for. I come, ready with a headful of inspiration images, spurred by this BBC4 documentary ‘Dance Rebels’, which charts the history of modern dance. The fluid choreography expounded by the artistic colony of Monte Verita, the folkloric costumes of Ballet Russes by the likes of Mikhail Larionov and wife Natalia Goncharova, avant garde female Dada-ists and Sonia Delaunay’s geometrics, are all coming together somehow when I go on my costume search tomorrow. How this will manifest itself remains to be seen.
If a trip to Sydney is sounding particularly enticing, everyone is free to enter a competition organised by MTV Trippers and Destination New South Wales to win flights to Sydney. You have until 6th January to upload a picture of a festival moment onto Instagram and hashtag with #MTVTrippers and #Win. All the T’s and C’s are here.
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Costumes by Sophie Taeuber-Arp
‘Simultaneous Dress the Three Women’ by Sonia Delaunay
Costume by Sonia Delaunay for title role from Cleopatra, 1918
Sonia Delaunay in her studio
‘Poeme’ and ‘Danseuse aux Disques’ by Sonia Delaunay
Costumes by Pablo Picasso for Parade, 1917
Costumes by Nicholas Roerich for the 1913 premiere of Rite of Spring
Costumes and paintings by Natalia Goncharova
Costumes by Mikhail Larionov for The Tale of the Buffoon, 1921
Elsa von Freytag
Collages by Hannah Höch