Everything Is Beautiful At The Ballet – Vogue Edition.

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As a former dancer I am always inspired by the ballet. The beautiful music, the opulent costumes, and the elegant atmosphere takes me to another world. I feel this way whether I’m dancing or a member of the audience. In fact, what I love most about Mercedes Benz Fashion Week being held at Lincoln Center is that it is right next to the New York City Ballet. Walking to the tents and imagining what rehearsals are taking place and the costume archive that are behind the marble walls, exhilarates me!

If you are a former dancer, a current dancer, or just appreciate the art of dance you will truly appreciate what is in store for you in this very post. Vogue Magazine sent their subscribers a digital bundle of artwork featuring covers, advertisements, articles, photographs, and illustrations in their original context from their archive; all surrounding Ballet! After all, dance, costuming, and theater are all a very big art form that has inspired many of our favorite fashion trends across many platforms and decades.

Fashion’s fascination with dance is ongoing: Witness the current trend for ballerina top-knots and flat ballet skimmers. Vogue has long covered the art from every angle: snapping leg-warmered dancers at the barre; capturing princess-like prima donnas in twinkling tiaras and pastel tutus on the stage—and in mid-air; following ballet-inspired fashions from the studio onto the street and into chic closets. Offered here, in celebration, dancers and dance-inspired looks that have pirouetted through the pages of Vogue.

So let’s take a leap into the archive of Vogue’s best Ballet Features here:
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David Hallberg, Coco Rocha, Daria Strokous, Frida Gustavsson, Tilda Lindstam, and Fei Fei Sun
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, April 2013

20131221-133746.jpgRachel Tecora Tucker
Photographed by Michel Comte, Vogue, September 1998

20131221-133851.jpgLeft, left to right: Muriel Bentley, Alicia Alonso, Antony Tudor, Oliver Smith, Hugh Laing
Right, left to right: Dimitri Romanoff, Lucia Chase, Nora Kaye, Max Goberman, John Kriza, Igor Youskevitch
Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, June 1, 1948

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Altynai Asylmuratova (left)
Photo: (from left) Irving Penn, Vogue, July 1989; Bruce Weber, Vogue, September 1998

20131221-134115.jpgMaya Plisetskaya
Photographed by Albert E. Kahn, Vogue, September 15, 1962

20131221-134218.jpgGisele Bündchen
Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, September 2004

20131221-134318.jpgRudolf Nureyev
Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, October 1, 1961

20131221-134449.jpgFrom left: Nora Kaye and Eugenie Leontovich
Illustration by René Bouché, Vogue, August 1, 1956 (left); Photographed by Edward Steichen, Vogue, January 15, 1931 (right)

20131221-134557.jpgTrent Kowalik and Caroline Trentini
Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, September 2008

20131221-134656.jpgClockwise from top left: Alexandra Danilova and Frederic Franklin, Igor Youskevitch, Marie-Jeanne, Rosella Hightower, Léonide Massine; George Skibine, Maria Tallchief, Yurek Shabelevski
Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, October 1, 1946

20131221-134806.jpgRiccardo Tisci and Rooney Mara
Photographed by Norman Jean Roy, Vogue, September 2012

20131221-134916.jpgPhotographed by Richard Rutledge, Vogue, September 1, 1946 (left); Illustration by Marcel Vertès,Vogue, December 15, 1944

20131221-135019.jpgDwana Smallwood and Amos J. Machanic, Jr.
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, April 2007

20131221-135129.jpgFrancisco Moncion and Maria Tallchief
Photographed by Constantin Joffe, Vogue, April 15, 1950

20131221-135209.jpgEdward Villella and Allegra Kent
Photographed by Bert Stern, Vogue, August 15, 1963

20131221-135338.jpgShalom Harlow
With dancers from Matthew Bourne’s production of Swan Lake.
Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, December 1998

20131221-135502.jpgIllustration by Christian Bérard, Vogue, October 1, 1936

20131221-135559.jpgIrina Baronova (right)
Photo: (from left) Anton Bruehl, Vogue, September 1, 1937; Cecil Beaton, Vogue, October 15, 1935

20131221-135718.jpgGeraldine Chaplin
Photographed by Sharak Hatami, Vogue, February 1, 1964

20131221-135857.jpgAllegra Kent
Photo: (from left) Bert Stern, Vogue, July 1, 1963; Bert Stern, Vogue, May 1, 1971

20131221-135959.jpgAlicia Markova
Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, October 15, 1941

20131221-140123.jpgMimi Paul
Photographed by Cecil Beaton, Vogue, January 15, 1966

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Photographed by Duane Michal, Vogue, December 1, 1972

Now go put your hair in a top knot & slid on your flats and tour jete around your house!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BALLET MEMOIRS? HAVE A FAVORITE BALLET? SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH ME!

Happy Holiday, All!!

xoxo Dara Senders – TheStyleSenders

All Photos Courtesy of The Vogue Magazine Archive.

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