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Ballet Beautiful

Because tutu’s aren’t just for little girls

BY JESSICA MINKOFF; TEXT BY KATHARINE K. ZARRELLA

STYLE  -  APRIL 28

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Many little girls dream of becoming ballerinas. Those glorious tutus, the satin pointe slippers, the tiaras, the pink—the dancer’s uniform is a young lady’s sartorial fantasy. But there’s also something subversive about ballet—not just in the look, but in the stories of love, lust, triumph, and failure the dancers tell as they jeté across the stage. Designers have aimed to capture that aesthetic and conceptual subversion in many ways over the years. Look at Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo’s foreboding appropriation of tulle and the tutu, Lanvin’s signature ballet flats, or Valentino’s noir and nude ballet-themed Fall 2016 outing. These examples are proof that a little girl’s ballet dream can blossom into a very sophisticated game of dress-up. Not to mention, it’s just so much fun to don that spectacular stage garb IRL. Here, in honor of the New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala, which, set for May 4th, will see the debut of French choreographer Nicolas Blanc’s Mothership, Fashion Unfiltered’s market director-at-large, Jessica Minkoff, has assembled a fantastical array of ballerina-inspired fashions. Click through our shoppable slideshow (above) and bring your dancing desires to life.

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