Watch the Met Museum Make Degas' "Little Dancer" Sculpture a New Tutu
(From left) Before and after (screenshots via YouTube)
We always love it when dance costumes get the high-fashion treatment. But here's a next-level ballet makeover story: Curators at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art recently decided that Edgar Degas' iconic The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer sculpture needed a bit of a style refresh—and tasked the museum's Costume Institute conservator, Glenn Petersen, with making her a new tutu.
Interestingly, though the sculpture's old skirt—which had been replaced at least twice before—looked pretty beat up, "from a conservation standpoint, [it] was in very good condition," Petersen told New York Magazine's The Cut. "It had been meticulously constructed to look very dirty and tattered." But that wasn't what Degas necessarily intended, which gave Petersen "a sense of freedom" to reimagine what the Little Dancer's original tutu may have looked like. After lots of research, he crafted a longer, larger, more historically accurate skirt.
Check out this fascinating behind-the-scenes video following Petersen's creative process:
Ralph Lauren is kicking off the celebration bright and early with a gender-neutral capsule collection featuring a rainbow version (naturally) of its pony logo. And the brand chose a bunch of influential LGBTQIA+ community members to model the looks—including our favorite danseur in heels, Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.