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The art of ballet on display

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The art of ballet on display

From Russia with love … to dance. In this way, several protagonists of the art of ballet traveled to Western Europe, in the early 20th century, among which choreographer Michel Fokine and producer Serge Diaghilev stand out. When the two joined forces and talents for a show in Paris in 1912, they changed the European ballet in one night and gave this art the opportunity to be reborn and reinvent themselves. In the 1920s, the Ballets Russes, a company created by Diaghilev, would leave their mark on the performing arts, not only for dance, but also for the way they involved the visual arts. Pablo Picasso was responsible for the production of the ballet El Sombrero de Tres Picos, as well as Matisse and Braque with other pieces, and Gabrielle Chanel designed the costumes for Le Train Bleu. Two more talented Russians joined the group: the young composer Igor Stravinsky and the choreographer George Balanchine, and the latter would become the co-founder and artistic director of the New York City Ballet.

American dancer Isadora Duncan said that "dance is the movement of the universe concentrated in one person" and, in the years between the two world wars, this artistic expression has gained a prominent place in Western culture and has been a source of inspiration ever since. for other arts, especially for fashion. The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT), in New York, pays homage to this decades-long relationship with the exhibition Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse, from February 11 to April 18. 90 pieces dated between the 1930s and the 1980s, with pieces from the museum's own collection, as well as loans from different museums and ballet companies, such as Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of London, the Fashion Museum Bath , the New York City Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and the private collection of American Vogue fashion editor Hamish Bowles.

This exhibition explores the fashion influence of classical ballet and ballerinas and places, side by side, ballet costumes with Haute Couture creations from creators like Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain or Charles James, as well as creations from à-porter inspired by training clothes. The bodices, tutu skirts, tulle, feathers and the palette of pale roses are the most reinvented elements in fashion collections, but the exhibition reserves space to address the role of ballerinas as icons of style, as was the case with Dame Margot Fonteyn, a frequent client of Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, who has several pieces of her personal wardrobe in this show.

Ballet also serves as inspiration for the Dance and Fashion Designers exhibition at the Center National du Costume in Scène, Paris. The show pays tribute to collaborations between fashion creators, ballet companies and choreographers through 120 costumes accompanied by photographs and videos. Patent until May 3.

Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse

Where? Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) Museum, New York

When? February 11th to April 18th, 2020

Dance and Fashion Designers
Where? Center National du Costume de Scène, Paris
When? From November 30, 2019 to May 3, 2020

(tagsToTranslate) Fashion (t) Ballet (t) Dance (t) Exhibition (t) New York (t) Paris (t) Haute Couture

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