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Barbara Karinska (1886–1983)


Karinska followed the original Diaghilev Ballet Russe from Paris to Monte Carlo in order to be hired as their wardrobe mistress and costume designer. Arriving in Monte Carlo at the Opera House, Karinska entered the theatre, marched down the main aisle, introducing herself with the intent of becoming the company's wardrobe mistress. "Yes, I can sew... See more trivia »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Hide Hide Show Show Costume and Wardrobe Department (13 credits)
 1956 Elena and Her Men (costume execution - as Karinska)
 1955 Lola Montès (costume execution - as Karinska)
 1955 The Case of Poisons (costumer - as Karinska)
 1953 A Lady Without Camelias (wardrobe)
 1952 Hans Christian Andersen (ballet costumes executor - as Madame Karinska)
 1948 The Pirate (costume execution - as Karinska)
 1947 Unconquered (costume executor - as Madame Barbara Karinska)
 1946 The Diary of a Chambermaid (costumes: Miss Goddard - as Madame Karinska)
 1945 Kitty (costume maker - as Madame Karinska)
 1944 Frenchman's Creek (costume supervisor for Raoul Pene DuBois - uncredited)
 1944 Kismet (costume execution - as Karinska)
 1944 Lady in the Dark (costumes executor - as Mme. Karinska)
 1940 Four Flights to Love (period costumes - as Karinsky)
Show Show Costume designer (13 credits)
Show Show Art department (1 credit)

Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Kariinska | Madame Barbara Karinska | Madame Karinska | Mme. Karinska | Karinska | Karinsky

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Personal Quote:

"There is Shakespeare for literature and Madame Karinska for costumes." -- George Balanchine.


Costumer of the New York City Ballet, first costumer ever to win the Capezio Dance Award, for costumes "of visual beauty for the spectator and complete delight for the dancer." She won the 1948 Oscar for the costumes of Joan of Arc. She divided her time between homes in Great Barrington, Mass., and Domremy, France, the birthplace of Joan of Arc. See more »

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