Ballet and fashion: Grand jetes meet appliques

From Louis Vuitton’s pointe shoe heels to Valentino’s tutus for the NYC Ballet, dance and fashion have always shared the spotlight. Spring 2014 promises to keep you on your toes with ballet-inspired trends like sparkly leotards, ballet flats, gorgeous tutus as well as a few full-skirted gowns perfect for a gala!

Here are a few of my favorite ballet-inspired fashion moments over the years:

Zang Toi’s Spring 2014 “Ballet Babe” Collection

Zang Toi debuted his Spring 2014 collection titled “Ballet Babe” at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. With ABT’s principal dancer, Cory Stearns as his muse, Toi set out to create a breathtaking and ethereal collection focusing on the movement and gracefulness of a ballet dancer.

The show opened with an enchanting performance on the runway by Stearns which set the stage for Toi’s ballet-themed collection. Models glided down the runway in cashmere pantsuits, jackets, luxurious capes featuring the gorgeous blue print called “ballet scenic backdrop” and full-skirted gowns with flowing trains.

Toi successfully balanced the hardness and softness of ballet with his palette of black, midnight blue, pale blue & ballet pink. While he avoided the cliche ballet elements like tutus and swan lake, he successfully brought drama and grace to the runway with tons of blue tulle ruffles, floral accents, sequined draped backs and billowing trains.

I’m absolutely in love with this collection. It’s ballet done right!

Designer Costumes for NYC Ballet

Behind the scenes look at the collaboration between designer Prabal Gurung and choreographer Justin Peck on costumes for the world premiere at NYC Ballet’s Fall 2013 Gala

Behind the scenes with Valentino as he creates 25 costumes for NYC Ballet’s Fall 2012 Gala

Karlie Kloss’ Ballet-Inspired Photo Shoot

Karlie Kloss

Six-inch heels? No problem! Karlie Kloss’ background in ballet makes walking (or sometimes jumping) in sky-high stilettos a breeze.

Model: Karlie Kloss for W Magazine

Photographer: Nick Knight

Designer: Elie Saab

Trash Couture’s Ballet-Inspired Wedding Dresses


This romantic white tutu with asymmetrical hemline was part of Trash-Couture’s Spring 2012 ballet-inspired bridal collection. A pioneer within Ethical High-End Fashion, the Danish art fashion brand encourages sustainability and recycling. The company uses leftover fabrics from the large couture houses as ‘raw material’ in its collections.

(Images via Mail Online, British Vogue)


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