Just after debuting the history of lingerie earlier this month, the Museum at FIT has already announced its next, more modest retrospective. September will bring the debut of Dance & Fashion, an exhibit featuring nearly 100 costumes that celebrate the intersection of the two art forms.
Starting from the early days, the exhibit will feature ballet costumes from as far back as the 1830s and work its way up through time, featuring designs made by Yves Saint Laurent for the Paris Ballet and Prabal Gurung, Olivier Theyskens, Rodarte and more for the New York City Ballet. The exhibit will also include modern dance costumes worn by famed dancer Martha Graham and her company members.
Exhibit curator Valerie Steele has also included fashion designs that were inspired by dance, like flamenco-inspired dresses from Cristóbal Balenciaga and Elsa Schiaparelli. And in a more recent example of dance's influence on fashion, pieces from last year's Rick Owens runway show—where lithe models were replace with step dancers—will also be on display. There will even be a step performance at the exhibit's opening reception.
Dance & Fashion will debut to the public on September 13th, just three days after the Brooklyn Museum unleashes its Killer Heels show. Check out select pieces from the exhibit below.
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