Vogue Australia Goes Backstage at the Ballet
We've talked—and talked, and talked—about the fashion-ballet connection. Both worlds are full of glamor and drama and passionate artists who've dedicated their lives to a demanding craft. In a way their mutual infatuation seems totally natural. (And hey—we certainly aren't complaining about it. More coverage for ballet, and the occasional fabulous costume collaboration with a big-name designer to boot? Yes please!)
So we weren't surprised to hear that Vogue Australia recently went backstage with Australian Ballet principal Lana Jones. The mag followed her as she prepared for a performance of Balanchine's Ballet Imperial (known to New York City Ballet fans as Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2). Some of the article's big "reveals" are things intimately familiar to us dancers—the elaborate makeup application, the name tags in the tutus—and yet even to our eyes, there's still something beautiful and mysterious in these pre-show rituals. And since this is ballet coverage for fashion devotees, there are of course all kinds of gorgeous tutu close-ups. Take a look!
All photos by Kate Longley for Vogue Australia
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