The Max Mara Coat Exhibition Kicks off in Moscow

By Butterboom Writers  /  October 10, 2011

A coat dedicated to Russia’s most famous ballerina.

To celebrate Max Mara‘s 60 years of Italian fashion, an exhibition tour starting in Russia on 11 October will highlight what Max Mara is most famous for – their iconic overcoat. The Coats! exhibition will be shown at the State Historical Museum in Moscow, and will tell the history of Max Mara through their coats, on the fourth stop on its journey after Germany, Japan and China.

Max Mara will donate funds from the exibition towards the renovation of the Pokrovskiy Cathedral (St. Basil Cathedral) at the Red Square, a World Heritage Site, and has also created a special Anna Anniversary Coat in homage to Anna Karenina, the character created by acclaimed Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. Made of pure albino camel hair, the coat features a precious trompe l’oeil style breitschwanz fur lining, which is a distinguished Max Mara feature.

Valery Katsuba, an artist from Saint Petersburg, has been specially commissioned to create a series of photographs. The resulting work entitled ALBATROSS features the Bolshoi Theatre’s dancers including Anna Nakhapetova, Yury Baranov, Maxim Surov and Anton Savichev.

The series of shots tells of a heroine who comes into a cold, abandoned house where her family once lived, and she finds a coat that once belonged to her family. These photos with dancers in graceful movements portrays a mix of emotions, detachment and nostalgia, and all bring to the mind images of the Great Russia in the time of War and Peace and, of course, the unforgettable Anna Karenina.




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