Barbara Karinska

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Barbara Karinska was born Vavara Andreevna Jmousky in Ukraine, back in 1886.  She studied law at the University of Kharkov.  In 1908 she married Alexander, he died the next year, just before the birth of their daughter Irina.  In 1909, she married N.S. Karinsky and the family moved to Moscow.

She developed her own form of painting applying pieces of colored silk gauze to photographs and drawings.  Her husband was appointed Attorney General and Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals for the District of St. Petersburg.  She divorced Karinsky after he moved to America, arriving in 1923.  She moved to New York in 1939, following France and England’s declaration of war on Germany.  She was given a room at the fledgling School of American Ballet in New York City.  She designed costumes for the ballet, always delivering them at the last moment.  She also designed costumer for the motion picture industry in Hollywood.  She died in 1983, she was 97.

What you may not know about Barbara is that she was the first costume designer ever to win the Capezio Dance Award for costumes “of visual beauty for the spectator and complete delight for the dancer”.

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Comments (17)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - I don't know much about it but I am sure she made her mark on Ballet.

Jan 11, 2021 02:55 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Ballet was not in my repertoire as I only can go forward or backwards, so I would not have known!

Make yourself an astonishing day. 

Jan 11, 2021 04:18 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... being a huge fan of ballet (and having held season tickets to the NYC Ballet Company for decades), the name of Barbara Karinska was certainly familiar to me.

Jan 11, 2021 05:05 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I wonder if my friend Crystal knows of her since they do the same thing.

Jan 11, 2021 05:17 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Barbara was a talented individual in more than one field. Enjoy your day.

Jan 11, 2021 05:33 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Proving that he people preforming on the stage are not the only artists involved in the show James Dray . Just think of all the artists involved in setting the stage scenes.

Jan 11, 2021 05:51 AM
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It is wonderful to hear when people at the top of their industry get credit for all the great work they do.  Thank you for sharing the story.

Jan 11, 2021 05:53 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James,
Barbara wasn't lucky in marriage but she sure did make her mark on costume design and sent her name into the history books.

Jan 11, 2021 06:20 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

She was gifted in art and design for sure!

Jan 11, 2021 06:45 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Jan 11, 2021 06:54 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray quite a unique distinction to that woman's life.

Jan 11, 2021 06:56 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Although I am a fan of the ballet, I did not know the name, because I am more a peripheral fan.  Now my grandfather would have known that name.  A

Jan 11, 2021 08:22 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I can remember the first ballet my mother took me to. I did take ballet for a few years and always wanted to be on toe shoes but left before I was old enough to be on them. 

Jan 11, 2021 11:22 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Yes those Costume Designers were always in demand but under rated in Hollywood. Loved the story and that she lived such a full life good for her:))Endre

Jan 11, 2021 09:40 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I can honestly say that I had no idea. Thank you for sharing yet again.

I'm sure you'll make it a great day James Dray 

Jan 12, 2021 07:44 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Can't say I have heard of her but I certainly appreciate what she contributed from an artistic standpoint to the ballet world and to Hollywood.

Jan 12, 2021 07:53 PM
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

Interesting.  Thank you for sharing.

Have a Happy Day!

Jan 27, 2021 02:04 PM

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