You guys know we love it when fashion and dance collide—it usually produces a photo shoot from our wildest dreams. (I still can't get over the Natalia Vodianova and Benjamin Millepied shoot for Vogue magazine.)
Wendy Whelan (photo by David Michalek for Vanity Fair magazine)
Vanity Fair, which has a long history of celebrating dance, created a slideshow of dance photographs from their archives, spanning from the 1930s to now.
The images offer a counterpoint to other archival photo roundups, which often feature either performance photos or behind-the-scenes shots. While we love seeing amazing feats of physicality, and getting to peek backstage or into the studio, fashion photographers bring a fresh eye to the whole process of photographing dancers—their images are both staged and spontaneous.
Sure, some of these photos are a little bit cheesy (the 1980s happened, after all), but where else would we get an image of renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon dancing barefoot in a field, holding a parasol? I'll let you click through and find that one for yourself!