Ballet & Fashion

Ballet & Fashion
Amy Harris in Akira Isogawa
Costume for Lady Capulet (detail) 2011
Romeo & Juliet, The Australian Ballet
The Australian Ballet Collection
Photo: Jo Duck, makeup courtesy Napoleon Perdis
© Akira Isogawa

Ballet & Fashion is a joint project between The Australian Ballet and the NGV that showcases some of the most successful collaborations between fashion designers and dance companies over the past three decades. Designing for dance is a remarkably different process than creating for the runway. By embracing the tradition of the tutu or expanding a company’s repertoire with challenging styles, materials and forms, designers have reshaped the look of dance and ballet for the contemporary stage.

Opening in the week of The Australian Ballet’s 50th birthday, the exhibition features designs created by Australian and international fashion luminaries Akira Isogawa, Collette Dinnigan, Easton Pearson, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, Christian Lacroix, Vanessa Leyonhjelm, Toni Maticevski, Richard Nylon, Ralph Rucci, Valentino and Viktor&Rolf for The Australian Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Phillip Adams BalletLab, the English National Ballet, Merce Cunningham, Nederlands Dans Theater, Sydney Dance Company and the Vienna State Ballet.

Ballet & Fashion is a collaboration between the National Gallery of Victoria and The Australian Ballet, with support from Exhibition Sponsor, Vogue Australia.


03 Nov 201219 May 2013 NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Fashion & Textiles
Level 2


Romeo & Juliet: the costumes

Watch Akira Isogawa working with The Australian Ballet's wardrobe department as he creates costumes for Graeme Murphy's production of Romeo & Juliet.

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