Ballerina : Fashion's Modern Muse
'The close relationship between ballet and fashion might today seem like a foregone conclusion, but this wasn't always the case. In Ballerina, Patricia Mears, deputy director of The Museum at FIT, examines how the figure of the ballerina came to be a prominent influence on design' - Dance Magazine
A richly illustrated book examining classical ballet's influence on high fashion - an irresistible treat for dance aficionados and fashionistas alike
Couturiers such as Balmain, Balenciaga, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Charles James, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent designed ballet-inspired dresses and gowns, many featuring the boned bodices and voluminous tulle skirts of classical tutus. American ready-to-wear designers such as Claire McCardell found inspiration in ballet leotards and other practice clothing, creating knitted separates, bathing suits, and wrap dresses.
Written by fashion and ballet experts, the book is illustrated with archival photography by such masters as Richard Avedon, Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Man Ray, and Cecil Beaton, along with newly commissioned photography of contemporary ballerinas wearing ballet-influenced couture.
- Author: Patricia Mears, Deputy Director, MFIT
- Hardcover: 256 pages | 250 colour illustrations
- Date published: October 2019
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0865653733
- Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 23.0 cm