“I probably developed double-breasted-suit poisoning back in Russia in that period when Khrushchev and everybody else looked like walking refridgerators.” Nureyev cited in Otis Stuart, Perpetual Motion: The Public and Private Lives of Rudolf Nureyev.
And of course no one had as much taste as Rudolf, vast 19th-century paintings of naked men on glowing velvet walls, Russian-Oriental fabrics and furs, all on a huge scale. Lee Radziwill, “The Real Lee Radziwill, ” New York Times Magazine.
A 2006 exhibition, The Nureyev Style, showcased costumes designed for his ballets and items from his personal wardrobe which included Chinese dragon robes, a silk ikat coat, woven shawls, throws, and seventeen hats. See my post on Byron which features the poet in Albanian dress. The painting is by Thomas Philips, not Delacroix. An avid reader from his days in Russia, Nureyev embraced the motto “fear nothing.”