The Best & Worst of Ballet-Inspired Fashion: Part 1
Ballet has always made its mark on the fashion world. Ballerina flats, flowing gowns, soft wrap-up sweaters, lace up pumps, and tutu-like skirts are seen on runways, magazines, the red carpet, and even pop music videos. It can be done well…or not. Choreographers and fashion designers have been teaming up for years, one such famous collaboration being George Balanchine and Coco Chanel for Apollo in 1928. More recent collaborations include William Forsythe/Gianni Versace and Christopher Wheeldon/Narcisco Rodriguez, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, and Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa. Here are a few examples of costumes designed by fashion designers, and some of my hand-picked favorites in ballet fashion. Tomorrow you’ll get Part 2: The worst of ballet fashion!