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Ballerina

Fashion's Modern Muse

Patricia Mears Laura Jacobs Jane Pritchard Rosemary Harden

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Vendome Press
01 October 2019
Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse is a revelatory, 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.
By:   Patricia Mears, Laura Jacobs, Jane Pritchard, Rosemary Harden, Joel Lobenthal
Imprint:   Vendome Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 279mm,  Width: 229mm, 
Weight:   1.620kg
ISBN:   9780865653733
ISBN 10:   0865653739
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Patricia Mears is deputy director of The Museum at FIT. Laura Jacobs is a dance critic, fashion writer, and novelist. Jane Pritchard is curator of Dance, Theatre and Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London. Rosemary Harden is manager of the Fashion Museum in Bath, England. Joel Lobenthal is a dance critic. Hamish Bowles is the international editor at large for Vogue.

Reviews for 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


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