To celebrate 50 years of the Australian Ballet, the NGV is showcasing over twenty designs from some of the most respected local and international labels in a special exhibition of their dancer’s costumes. Best of all, it’s free! How wonderful to get the chance to view up close the intricate details of some of the magnificent tutus and sylph like costumes, which have been designed by some of the worlds best couturiers. Aussies Collette Dinningan, Akira Isogawa, Easton Pearson and Toni Maticevski are set along side France’s Christian Lacroix, Italy’s Valentino and Dutchmen Viktor & Rolf in this style spectacular.
“Ballet costumes really are works of art with their ornate designs and incredible craftsmanship so we’re delighted to be collaborating with the NGV on this extraordinary exhibition” says David McAllister, artistic director of the Australian Ballet. There are many dance companies represented, such as English Ballet, American Ballet, The Sydney Dance Company, and the star of the show, The Australian Ballet. Also included are multimedia installations showing performances of Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, to name a few.
The Australian Ballet’s official birthday was November 2nd. They held a gala opening of the exhibition at the Arts Centre Melbourne on October 31st, followed by a week of equally glamorous gatherings. It sounds like it was a wonderful week to be in the great southern city of Melbourne. Ballet and Fashion at the National Gallery of Victoria runs from November 3rd 2012 till May 19th 2013. Bravo!