The pas de deux between fashion and dance

Behind the scenes of Style Magazines’ Snow White inspired cover shoot, and the long-standing love affair between dance and fashion

The question is not whose obsession began first – id fashion fall in love with dance or did dance fall for fashion? It should be, as Jefferson Hack, Editor-in-Chief of AnOther magazine describes it, “an essential coming together of two complementary worlds”.

Fashion’s pas de deux with dance isn’t just a one-season wonder, there are numerous examples of the two influencing one another.

Be it a beautiful piece by New York City Ballet principal Janie Taylor who took to the studio with Chloé’s dance-inspired spring/summer 2011 collection, alongside choreographer and corps de ballet member Justin Peck. Or Dutch National Ballet dancers traversing the runway en pointe in Viktor & Rolf’s Spring 2014 Couture showing.

Many galleries and publications have explored the relationship between these two embodied art forms, including NYC Fashion Institute of Technology’s 2015 Dance & Fashion exhibition.

This fusion of fashion and dance can also be seen in the upcoming QPAC International Series presentation by France’s Ballet Preljocaj, Snow White, which sees costumes designed by legendary fashion designer and couturier Jean Paul Gaultier.

It is this partnership of disciplines that lead QPAC to work with Style Magazines to create a fashion shoot like no other for their July 2016 edition.

The shoot took inspiration from the themes of Snow White, as imagined by choreographer Angelin Preljocaj; vanity, lust and temptation. Riffing off the textures of costumes created by Jean Paul Gaultier, the raw approach to winter fashion arose with sinister shades of lip colour, black lace, shimmering organza and delicate, glittering accessories.

A dramatic, dark mood played out in front of the camera during the shoot in QPAC’s secret spaces, and Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White came to life in a different form, taking influence and paying homage to the costumes while holding its own in the fashion space.

The model moved gracefully, contorting her body, just like a dancer would on stage, to get the perfect shots for Style Magazines’ pages; simply making her body the connecting thread between the two realms of dance and fashion. 

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