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February 19, 2013


For someone who’s never seen a live ballet performance in her life, I’ve always had something of a fascination with ballerinas (are they even actually called “ballerinas”, or am I just illustrating how little I know about the art?). Anyhow, from slavishly emulating (or shall I say attempting to emulate) the works of Degas, who had a similar yet better documented obsession, in my year 12 Art assignments, to an irrational soft spot for leg warmers, ballerinas have captured me from an early age. Their lithe, seemingly fragile yet deceptively powerful physique, the dedication to push through excruciating pain barriers in the name of their beloved art. And the costumes. The costumes! Since the 1920’s when Coco Chanel collaborated with Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballet Russes, costume design has blurred the line between costume and art, to create a world where fashion and movement intertwine.
In celebration of it’s 50th…

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