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Mir Fabergé showcases contemporary artist's expressions of lost or untold historical Fabergé stories, in a journal-like experience of film, photography, painting and illustration. As Sergei Diaghilev once described his greatest creation, the Ballets Russes, as a “total artwork”, so all stories of Mir Fabergé are complete art works, with layer upon layer of creativity in each unique story.

The ‘Nijinsky and the Diamonds’ photo shoot, in a wintery, abandoned St Petersburg palace, captures the passionate leaps of the Mariinsky Theatre’s Grigory Pyatetskiy in the role of Vaslav Nijinsky, dancing in the grand rooms; the fragrant Spring gardens of Eltham Palace is the setting for our short Art Déco inspired film, ‘The Ottoman Love Affair’ with Joanna Preiss, dressed in couture by Alexis Barrell; a bold Fauvist paint palette of Athier narrates ‘The Fauve & Fable of Old Russia’, and Moussa Saleh’s detailed illustrations tell Tatiana Fabergé’s version of the story of a jewellery discovery on Solyanka Street. Another decadent jewel from Fabergé's Carnet de Bal collection is revealed in the photos taken in Fabergé's high jewellery workshop in Paris, by Fabrice Paget. Our last story shows the Art Nouveau influence of Emi Avora, as she takes inspiration from Fabergé’s Imperial Eggs in her egg sketches and painting.

The Mir Fabergé Art Journal for the iPad launched in summer 2011. The artists, from London, Paris, Athens, Milan, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, exhibited together in the Royal Academy's Fine Rooms to a dynamic programme of music, ballet, and a couture play of ‘The Firebird'.

The World of Fabergé is a never-ending source of inspiration, and provides the backdrop for this contemporary art collection.