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Dance legend's outfits go on show
A photograph of Rudolf Nureyev with his red kimono
The exhibit includes Nureyev's costumes and personal clothes
A collection of costumes worn by ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev has gone on show for the first time in Britain.

The costumes were loaned from the Nureyev Foundation to the Museum of Costume in Bath for a year before being placed in different museums worldwide.

The exhibit has 40 show pieces and outfits worn by the Soviet-born dancer.

A spokesman for the museum called the display a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people in the UK". Nureyev defected in 1961.

The dancer who died in 1993, won wide acclaim as the top ballet performer of his generation for his work with the Royal Ballet in London and the Ballet of the Paris Opera.

Rudolf Nureyev photographed with his blue tunic worn in Swan Lake
Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union in 1961

The one-year exhibit at the Museum of Costume includes four ballet costumes, 18 hats, an 18th century gown and a number of textiles.

Highlights include a blue and silver silk brocade costume worn by Nureyev when he danced the role of the Prince Siegfried in the 1964 Vienna State Opera Ballet's of Swan Lake. It also includes a doublet worn for the role of Giselle at Covent Garden, one of the first times he partnered English prima ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn.

Personal clothes donated by Dame Margot are also on display alongside the Nureyev pieces.

Rosemary Harden, of the museum, said: "Rudolf Nureyev set the world on fire with his dancing, but he also had great personal charisma and style off the stage. "

The Nureyev Style will be on display until August 2006.

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