Lost Paradise


>> 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.




monteverita_2Monte Verità community

Sophie Taeuber Arp 2

Sophie Taeuber Arp 3

Sophie Taeuber Arp 4Costumes by Sophie Taeuber-Arp

simultaneous_dresses_the_three_women‘Simultaneous Dress the Three Women’ by Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay 1

Cat. No. 126 / File Name: 3413-183.jpg Sonia Delaunay Costume for title role from Cleopatra, 1918 silk, sequins, mirror and beads, wool yarn, metallic thread braid, lamé center back length: 45 1/8 in. (114.62 cm) headdress: 22.69 × 14.63 × 12.63 cm (8 15/16 × 5 3/4 × 5 in.) Overall mannequin footprint: 67 x 36 x 20 inches. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Costume Council Fund © Pracusa 2012003 Digital Image © 2013 Museum Associates/LACMA. Licensed by Art Resource, NY Costume by Sonia Delaunay for title role from Cleopatra, 1918

Sonia Delaunay 2Sonia Delaunay in her studio


Delaunay_Danseuse_aux_Disques_1355_433‘Poeme’ and ‘Danseuse aux Disques’ by Sonia Delaunay


Costume_design_by_Pablo_Picasso_for_Serge_Diaghilev's_Ballets_Russes_performance_of_Parade_at_Théâtre_du_Châtelet_in_Paris_18_May,_1917Costumes by Pablo Picasso for Parade, 1917


Dancers in folkloric costumes, moving unpredictably to pounding chords, characterized the 1913 Rite of Spring premiere at Paris' Champs Elys√©es Theater Costumes by Nicholas Roerich for the 1913 premiere of Rite of Spring

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Natalya Goncharova 4

Natalya Goncharova 2

Natalya Goncharova 3

Natalya Goncharova 1Costumes and paintings by Natalia Goncharova

Mikhail-LarionovCostumes by Mikhail Larionov for The Tale of the Buffoon, 1921

07 Dec 1915 --- Original caption: Baroness Von Freytag-Lorington penniless in a foreign city, her husband a prisoner of war somewhere in France, the baroness has been driven to posing as a model in the men's class in the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. Her husband is a lieitenant in a regiment of German Uhlans. Her father is the General Baron Lieutenant on the German General Staff. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

elsa_von_freytagElsa von Freytag

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hannah hoch modenschau

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hannah hoch 3Collages by Hannah Höch

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  4. I’ve never heard of the lost paradise but I sure hope you do have loads of fun and get really good content! Those images look so cool!!

    X,Carina / Running White Horses

  5. Great article, that’s a great collection of photography. Thanks for sharing!

    Camy xx


  6. Looks like you had a really great holiday! It’s really nice to travel and discover wonderful places that are worth visiting. This exposes you to different cultures and new experiences. I love the selection of images that you shared. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love Sonia Delaunay! My friend Beau (who has a dance-inspired line called Atelier de Geste) owns an edition of Danseuse aux Disques. I love that I get to see it every time I hang at her place

  8. I really appreciate the selection of your post.
    And make me thing about the line between theatre and life when you make clothes…

    Sometimes just need to pass some time away to realize that people need some time also to include 30´s costumes as their routine wearable

    Thank U! reallY iNsPiriNG

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