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Fashion Book: Ballerina

2011 May 12

I know this week has been a little bit of ballet overload, but this will be the last ballet-centric post for a while, I promise!

As I mentioned yesterday, along with the ballet tickets, Joe got me a book, 30 Years: The New York City Ballet. Published in 1978, the book chronicles the first thirty years (duh) of the New York City Ballet (duh squared). I haven’t started it yet, but I’m looking forward to picking it up to learn a little bit more about the dances we saw last weekend.

The costumes for all of the dances we saw were very austere and spare–just black and white leotards and tights, for both the men and women (side note: why hasn’t anyone made a movie or reality show yet about male dancers [besides Billy Elliot]? It would be fascinating!). Though the costumes fit the modern movements of the ballets (all choreographed by George Balanchine in the 1940s), I was a little sad that there were no sparkles or tutus.

However, I think the real look of a ballet dancer is simple, relaxed, gamine, and feminine. I decided to create a look that borrows from that aesthetic, for those of us who want to pretend we’re ballerinas.
Ballerina

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