Ballerina

Fashion's Modern Muse

By Patricia Mears, Laura Jacobs, Jane Pritchard, Rosemary Harden, and Joel Lobenthal

288 pages

9 x 11 in. (229 x 279 mm.), portrait

250 color, b+w illustrations

Hardcover with jacket

ISBN 978-0-86565-373-3

US $60 / CAN $75 / GBP £50

PUBLISHED: Oct, 2019

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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.

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.