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Ballet Fashion

Ballet and fashion have a symbiotic relationship that has flourished over the years. Fashion designers who seek to give their clothing designs a sense of beauty and sophistication more often than not tend to turn to ballet.

Ballet which originated in Italian court and wedding dances in the 1400s was often choreographed around costumes’ best qualities and a dancer’s ability to move in them. In the 17th Century, King Louis XIV of France helped found the first ballet academy which would often have extravagant costumes designed for hours-long court dances. King Louis XIV was even nicknamed the Sun King for performing a ballet with lavish robes meant to evoke the sun god. In his lifetime, King Louis XIV performed 80 roles in 40 major ballets often having completely original costumes designed from each performance.

The fashion aspect of ballet performances requiring original costumes only grew more customary as time went on. In the 19th Century when ballerinas such as Genevieve Gosselin, Marie Taglioni and Fanny Elssler experimented with new shoe and dress designs, fashion designers were intrigued.

The balletic imagery has evolved again and again over the centuries, but it has always continued to inspire fashion trends. Ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev and his ground breaking Ballets Russes were known for having a fruitful relationship with French fashion designer Coco Chanel. Chanel created costumes for four of Ballets Russes productions. In 1949, Capezio dance footwear made the cover of Vogue and in 1952 received the Coty Award, fashion’s highest accolade.

In the 1950s, film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn made ballet flats fashionable in the movie Funny Face when she wore them with skinny jeans. Likewise, throughout the 1980s, films such as Fame, Flash dance and Dirty Dancing made ballet flats and fashion trendy. Ballet flats are still being sold around the world today.

More recently in 2010, the ballet fashion worn by Natalie Portman in Black Swan influenced spring runway lines. Chanel sent numerous looks down the catwalk that reflected ballet fashion.

In May this year clothing designer Joseph Altuzarra used ballet fashion to come up with a theme for a New York gala. Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci debuted ballet fashion at the Paris Opera ballet. Ballet and fashion are synonymous and balletic fashion is a must have in any wardrobe.

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Source: Ballet and Fashions Historic Relationship by Chelsea Thomas of Dance Informa



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