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Swan Lake

Montse Bassons Couture SS15

The Montse Bassons Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Show, titled « Etoile of the 21st century / La Etoile del Siglo XXI », was an homage to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s « Swan Lake ».

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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Dance


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Zizi Jeanmaire

JPG Couture AW1112 Mylène Farmer

Zizi Jeanmaire’s « Mon truc en plumes » (« My feather thing ») was one of the references of Jean Paul Gaultier’s « Black Swan »-themed Couture Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 show, which highlighted, for the finale, the « Libertine Swan » ostrich feather wedding gown, worn by Mylène Farmer.

Other Zizi Jeanmaire-inspired collections : Catherine Malandrino Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 (the short black side-parted hairstyle of this show was an homage to Zizi Jeanmaire), Dior by John Galliano Couture Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 (the French ballet dancer / singer was one of the influences of this collection).

To read about Mylène Farmer-inspired collections or Mylène Farmer’s collaborations, search for the « Mylène Farmer » post that I have published on October 2, 2012.

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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Dance


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Maria Kochetkova

Milly AW1415

The Milly Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 Show, titled « DUSK », paid homage to the new ballerinas such as Maria Kochetkova, who, according to Michelle Smith, are the new style stars.

Photo : Thomas Iannaccone


Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Dance


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Isadora Duncan

Electric Feathers AW1415Isadora Duncan’s lightness has inspired the Electric Feathers Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 Collection.

Other Isadora Duncan-influenced collections : Ashley Paige Autumn/Winter 2008-2009, Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa Spring/Summer 2006 (the dresses from this show paid homage to Isadora Duncan), Caroline Seikaly Couture Spring/Summer 2012 (« Isadora » collection), Diane von Furstenberg Spring/Summer 2011 (this show, titled « Goddess », which was named after Isadora Duncan, was inspired by the « Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) : A Living Sculpture / Une Sculpture Vivante » exhibition, presented at Paris’ Musée Bourdelle, from November 20, 2009 until March 15, 2010), Madeleine Vionnet Spring/Summer 2013 (to launch this demi-couture collection and to celebrate Madeleine Vionnet’s 100th anniversary, on September 30, 2012, in Paris, Alessandro Possati directed a film which was a tribute to Madeleine Vionnet and Isadora Duncan, who was Madeleine Vionnet’s muse in ’20s Paris), Missoni Spring/Summer 2010 (this show highlighted « new » Isadora Duncans), Prada Resort 2010 (partly).

Photo : Courtesy of Electric Feathers


Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Dance


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Rudolf Nureyev

John Galliano AW1112 MenswearRudolf Nureyev’s style influenced the John Galliano Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 Menswear Show.

Other Rudolf Nureyev-inspired collections : Balmain by Olivier Rousteing Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 Menswear (Rudolf Nureyev’s style was mixed with the elegance of Russia’s Imperial Army officers), Carven by Guillaume Henry Resort 2013 (Peter Schlesinger’s photographs of ’70s icons such as Rudolf Nureyev have inspired this collection), Costume National Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 Menswear (the pieces such as caps, skinny trousers into boots, and scarves around the waist, evoked Rudolf Nureyev’s elegance), Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (during this presentation, some men’s pieces were also showcased, which echoed Rudolf Nureyev’s iconic looks), Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 Menswear (this show was partly based on Rudolf Nureyev), Roberto Cavalli Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 Menswear (the show notes mentioned Rudolf Nureyev).

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Posted by on January 1, 2014 in Dance


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Wendy Whelan

Bibhu Mohapatra SS14

Wendy Whelan’s metamorphosis into a modern dancer influenced the Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2014 Show.

Photo : Robert Mitra




Posted by on October 26, 2013 in Dance


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Sergei Diaghilev

Tata Naka SS14

Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes influenced the artistic and graphic pieces of the Tata Naka Spring/Summer 2014 Collection.

Another Sergei Diaghilev-inspired collection : MaxMara Resort 2014 (Sergei Diaghilev’s « The Rite of Spring » production was the starting point of this collection).

To read about Ballets Russes-inspired collections, search for the « Ballets Russes » post that I published on January 14, 2012.

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Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Dance


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Oskar Schlemmer

Frankie Morello SS13The triangular shapes of the costumes of Oskar Schlemmer’s « Triadisches Ballett » influenced the Frankie Morello Spring/Summer 2013 Show.

Another Oskar Schlemmer’s « Triadisches Ballett »-inspired collection : Thom Browne Spring/Summer 2013.

Photo : Courtesy of Frankie Morello




Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Dance


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Martha Graham

Martha Graham’s rigor inspired the Marni by Consuelo Castiglioni Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 Collection.

Other Martha Graham-inspired collections : Behnaz Sarafpour Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (one lamé outfit), Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2010 (Martha Graham-influenced ballerina chignons by Guido Palau), Missoni Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (the starting point of the video for this collection, directed by Mel Bles, was in part Martha Graham), Richard Chai Love Spring/Summer 2011 (especially the palazzo trousers and the long skirts).

Moreover, Martha Graham’s ballets were a huge inspiration for Rifat Ozbek, in the 80s.

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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Dance


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Kazuo Ohno

Dried flowers, seen by Kazuo Ohno, were the starting point of the Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Couture Spring/Summer 2011 Collection.

Photo : Courtesy of Givenchy

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Dance