Very sad news to report the passing away of NATASHA L. KORNILOF in Blackheath, London on Tuesday 4th November.
Natasha designed and made many of the stage clothes for DAVID BOWIE shows throughout his career.
Natasha created the dancing spiders outfits for the Rainbow Theatre concerts in August 1972 and the dancers costumers for The 1980 Floor Show in October 1973. She was also responsible for David's outfits on his 1978 world tour including the 'Sailor look' complete with the baggy white pants. Later on she created the Pierrot/Clown costume for Scary Monsters which also famously featured in his Ashes To Ashes video.
David met Natasha whilst they were both involved with the Lindsay Kemp Theatre Group in late 1967, just after she had finished working on the little-known sci-fi pilot for a TV series by ABC Films entitled The Solarnauts. She was also the costume and wardrobe department for the 1976 movie Hamlet that starred Quentin Crisp, Helen Mirren, Tony Meyer, David Meyes and Barry Stanton.
The Ashburnham Triangle Association reported that Natasha was born in India to a Russian father. She grew up in India and in pre-independence Rhodesia, before coming to London to become an outstanding theatrical costume designer.
She was even more inspiring as a teacher, and her students stayed in touch for years. Natasha was passionate and remarkably knowledgeable about the history of her neighbourhood, and was well launched on a second career as a London guide in the years before her death.
Her house in Egerton Drive stood out for the imaginative way she had converted it in the 1970s, the number of cats she kept in it, and the sun-burst of her watercolours on every inch of the walls. But most unforgettable was Natasha's welcome to friends and neighbours, as she dazzled us with her encylopaedic knowledge, and amazed us with often-pointed anecdotes from her adventurous life.
In her will, Natasha requested that her body be left for medical research, so there was no funeral.
|Created: November 2008 © Paul Kinder||Last Updated: 30/11/08|