The Museum at FIT Ballerina : Fashion’s Modern Muse (February 11, 2020 – April 18, 2020

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The Museum at FIT showcases the ballerina’s influence on fashion in its current exhibition  called “Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse,”. The exhibition assembles more than 90 pieces from across nearly a century.

From Parisian couture to British custom-made clothing, American ready-to-wear to a selection of ballet costumes and rehearsal clothing, Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse  illustrates the connection between dance costume and fashion. Couturiers such as Balmain, Balenciaga, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Charles James, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent designed ballet-inspired dresses and gowns, many featuring the boned bodices and voluminous tulle skirts of classical tutus. American ready-to-wear designers such as Claire McCardell found inspiration in ballet leotards and other practice clothing, creating knitted separates, bathing suits, and wrap dresses.

Patricia Meares, deputy director of the museum curated the exhibition . My dear friend Marc Happel, Director of Costumes at the New York City Ballet, worked with her on design and contributed three of his own designs to the show (Sym in C tutu, Piano Concerto 2 costume, and NYC Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns’ wedding dress) as well as coordinating the inclusion of 7 costumes from the NYC Ballet collection of Barbara Karinska designed costumes.

Organized by Patricia Mears, deputy director of MFIT, from 11 February – April 18, 2020

There is also a book:

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.