DRESS AND ADORNMENT HAVE LONG PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE VISUAL ALLURE OF DANCE, AND FASHION DESIGNERS HAVE OFTEN BEEN INSPIRED BY THE WAY DANCERS LOOK.
Ballet specifically has had a notable impact on fashion; constructed bodices and flowing gowns, tutus and pointe shoes of the romantic ballerina heavily influenced designers as Christian Dior or Christian Louboutin. Cristobal Balenciaga instead, was inspired by the drama of flamenco, Yves Saint Laurent by the Orientalism of the Ballet Russes, while Rick Owens by the dynamism of African-American steppers.
Costumes are just as important as movements also in the world of dance performance: fashion designers are also increasingly collaborating with choreographers to create stylish new dance costumes: from the “bump” dresses by Comme des Garçons for Merce Cunningham to Valentino’s “Bal de Couture” designs for New York City Ballet.
Here we explore the synergy between dance and fashion, featuring a wide range of dance-fashion collaborations and inspirations.