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11 Times When Fashion and Ballet Collides.

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Justin Peck's New Blood, costumes designed by Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony and Kenzo

In recent weeks Ballet has been on the mouth of many in the industry. The first African American Principal Ballet dancer at American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland continues to dazzle and bring in new audience at the theatre. She was also featured in Harper's Bazaar channeling the Edgar Degas's most famous ballet works, which you can see here. New York City Ballet Resident Choreography, Justin Peck's new piece, The Most Incredible Thing was featured in WWD because of the exquisite costumes  designed by contemporary artist Marcel Dzama. So what does this all means for the fashion industry? Fashion designers designing costumes is nothing new, but it's always insteresting to see designers who design clothes for stick skinny models transition their vision onto these elegant athletes aka ballet dancers. In 2014 Thom Browne when designing costumes for "Clearing Down" for NYC Ballet said, “I tend to, in my collections, not worry about movement as much,”. That right there is what's so fascinating to me, when the objective of designing is now about the movement.  Sometimes the idea of "fashion" gets thrown out of the door and that's when functionally steps in it's place. I gathered 11 times when fashion designers stepped in the ballet world to design costumes for some memorable dance pieces by renown choreographers.

Benjamin Millepied's "Two Hearts", costumes designed by Rodarte

Christopher Wheeldon's "Estancia", costumes designed by Carlos Campos

Costumes designed by Toni Maticevski for the Sydney Dance Company
Justin Peck's "Belles-Lettres", costumes designed by Mary Katrantzou

Peter Martins’s “Morgen", costumes designed by Carolina Herrera

Angelin Preljocaj's "Spectral Evidence", costumes designed by Olivier Theyskens

Troy Schumacher's "Clearing Dawn", costumes designed by Thom Browne

Benjamin Millepied's "Neverwhere", costumes designed by Iris van Herpen

Justin Peck's "Capricious Maneuvers", costumes designed by Prabal Gurung
Myles Thatcher's “Polaris”, costumes designed by  Zuhair Murad.

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