This summer, I was lucky enough to be in Washington D.C. during the National Gallery of Art's exhibit "Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music." It was a glorious feast of Stravinsky, Nijinski...all the skis! But I have to admit, I was quite shocked when I saw another familiar name in the exhibit: Coco Chanel, who designed the costumes for Nijinski's Le Train Bleu back in 1924.
Costumes designed by Coco Chanel for Le Train Bleu in 1924 (© Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
I guess I never really realized that big time fashion designers ever collaborated with choreographers. I mean...it makes sense. I've watched enough "Project Runway" to know that how the clothes move is super important. So why not put high fashion on ballerinas, the best movers out there?
But since joining the DS family in September, I've learned a lot about dance. (And here I was thinking I was already an expert...) For instance, I've learned that New York City Ballet has collaborated with Gilles Mendel, Stella McCartney, Rodarte and Mendel, Valentino Garavani, Joseph Altuzarra and most recently, Prabal Gurung, Iris Van Herpen and Olivier Theyskens. NYCB ballerinas, I am the most jealous.
Valentino (left) and costume director Marc Happel working in the NYCB Costume Shop (Photos by Paul Kolnik)
And now, the National Ballet of Canada is following suit (pun intended), working with Canadian designers Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of Hoax Couture for their Innovation programme, which runs November 22-28.
Turns out, fashion-dance collaborations aren't as simple as throwing couture on a dancer. The designers have to consider the choreographer's vision, the dancers' priorities and sheer practicality, in addition to their own design aesthetic. In this case, the two designers began by sitting down with choreographer and former director James Kudelka to listen to the music and brainstorm ideas. When Kudelka mentioned one word that inspired them--"fluttery"--Searle and Tyrell ran with it.
In case you can't pop over to Canada this week, here's a preview of the resulting design:
Nearly 80,000 dance-loving Instagram followers can't be wrong: Quinn Starner is one to watch. And what's just as impressive as the 15-year-old's rabid online following is her ever-growing list of competition accolades. Quinn, who trains at Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Stars Dance Company, been named first runner-up at The Dance Awards for two years in a row (as a junior and a teen); was the 2016 West Coast Dance Explosion Teen National Champion; earned first place in contemporary and third place in the classical division at Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in Pittsburgh last year; has won the Grand Prix Award at ADC|IBC; and was a gold medalist at World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix. Plus, she made it to the Academy round on last year's "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," and has performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Here's what Quinn has to say about her favorite songs, teachers, and career highlights.
Want a chance to get personally involved in the HOTLY anticipated TV show "World of Dance"? Of course you do. That's why J. Lo. and the rest of the "WOD" team have launched an interactive version of the upcoming NBC series that lets Snapchatters get in on the action.
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.
Fashion looks better in motion—that's why runways exist. But when does fashion look REALLY amazing? In dancey motion. And exhibit #69372 in the case for the inescapable connection between dance and fashion is this new video from Harper's Bazaar, featuring our favorite dancer/model/rock star, Larsen Thompson.