6 months from now on, Melbourne is going to be the home of the Ballet & Fashion exhibition, a collaboration in between the National Gallery of Victoria and The Australian Ballet, with support from Exhibition Sponsor, Vogue Australia. Ballet & Fashion showcases some of the most successful collaborations in between dance companies and fashion designers of the likes of Giles Deacon (Swan Lake for English National Ballet 2010), Christian Lacroix (Gâité Parisienne for American Ballet Theatre 1988), Yves Saint Laurent (Les Forains 1961), Valentino (Morning Newspaper’s Waltz 2010) or Akira Isogawa (Romeo & Juliet for The Australian Ballet 2011), to name a few.

Ballet & Fashion provides a fascinating insight into the intricate world of the dancers’ costumes and celebrates the relationship between ballet and haute couture fashion. Not only for ballet lovers, the exhibition is definitely a must-see for any fashion enthusiast. So if it happens to come in a city near you, make sure to go check it. Until then, have a look at some of the photos we took during our visit there.

Christian Lacroix, Costume for a Can Can Dancer for Gaite Parisienne, 1988

Giles Deacon for The Black Swan in 2011
Valentino Garavani for Morgenblatter Waltz (Morning Newspaper’s Waltz) in 2010
Viktor & Rolf for 2 Lips and Dancers and Space, 2004
Viktor & Rolf for 2 Lips and Dancers and Space, 2004
Akira Isogawa for The Australian Ballet Production of Lady Capulet, 2011
Vanessa Leyonhjelm for Australian Ballet Production of Divergence, 1994
Akira Isogawa for The Australian Ballet Production of Romeo, 2011
Yves Saint Laurent for Les Forains 1961
Yves Saint Laurent for Les Forains 1961
Toni Maticevski, Melbourne designer, for Aviary 1997

Would fashion collaborations be reason enough for you to attend more ballet performances? We know we’d love to be able to see the masters at work! We can’t wait to hear your feedback, so go ahead, comment in the box below!