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Léon Bakst (1866–1924) started his artistic career as a magazine illustrator, but it was during his collaborations with the great Russian ballet impressario Serge Diaghilev and the founding of the Ballets Russes that he achieved his greatest successes. As a costume designer for the famed ballet company, Bakst created exotic robes, tunics, harem pants, and other lavish costumes incorporating bold color schemes. This exciting collection, sure to delight colorists and theater fans of all ages, includes 30 of the Asian-inspired designs for which Bakst was famous, among them costumes from The Firebird, Cléopâtre, and Schéhérazade. Captions identify characters and the ballets for which they were designed. Copies of the original designs can be produced by following the artist’s own color schemes, shown on the covers; or, budding artists can select hues from their own palettes to bring these dazzling costumes vividly to life.