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Ballet & Fashion

“Both ballet and fashion are art in motion, given life by the human form” contends Vogue editor-in-chief Edwina McCann. The magazine plays its role in the latest National Gallery of Victoria x The Australian Ballet exhibition; Ballet & Fashion. From classic dance styles to avant-garde costumes of the past three decades, the showcase proves tutus are certainly not the last word in ballet wear.

Initially developed in Italian and French renaissance courts as away to pass the time and for courtesans to show themselves off, this particular form of dance has inextricable links with fashion. Yet it was when Coco Chanel designed for the Ballet Russes that a modern age of ballet couture was sparked. The Ballet & Fashion exhibition showcases designs from Akira Isogawa, Toni Maticevski and Richard Nylon (from Aviary) feature alongside international luminaries like Christian Lacroix, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent.

Ballet & Fashion is on now until 19th May 2013 open everyday except Tuesday from 10am – 5pm at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

Akira Isogawa for Romeo and Juliet: Ballet and Fashion

Still from fashion film: Ballet and Fashion

Still from fashion film: Ballet and Fashion

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