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Description - Dance and Fashion by Valerie Steele

The first book to explore the synergy between dance and fashion, featuring a wide range of dance-fashion collaborations and inspirations

Dress and adornment have long played an important role in the visual allure of dance, and fashion designers have often been inspired by the way dancers look. The tutus and pointe shoes of the Romantic ballerina, for example, have influenced designers from Christian Dior to Christian Louboutin. Cristobal Balenciaga was inspired by the drama of flamenco, Yves Saint Laurent by the Orientalism of the Ballet Russes, and Rick Owens by the dynamism of African-American steppers. Fashion designers are also increasingly collaborating with choreographers to create stylish new dance costumes-from the "bump" dresses by Comme des Garcons for Merce Cunningham to Valentino's "Bal de Couture" designs for New York City Ballet.

Lavishly illustrated with both contemporary and historical images, the book features essays by ten fashion experts, who explore various aspects of the reciprocal relationship between dance and fashion, from the liberating effects of the tango to the influence of ballet on Japanese girl culture. Designers featured include Leon Bakst, Cristobal Balenciaga, Comme des Garcons, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Halston, Barbara Karinka, Isaac Mizrahi, Rodarte, Yves Saint Laurent, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, Valentino, and Iris Van Herpen.

This beautiful book explores for the first time the synergy between dance and fashion, and is an original and inspired contribution to the study of both art forms.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300208856
ISBN-10: 0300208855
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 191mm x mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2014
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Valerie Steele

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT.

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