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Fashion Museum’s ballerina fashions to take centre stage in New York

Some of the most exquisite and important fashions in the Fashion Museum collection will take centre stage at a new exhibition in New York.

28 January 2020

Glamourous dresses and tailored wear worn by ballerinas Margot Fonteyn and Alicia Markova will appear in Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Opening on 11 February, this will be the first large-scale exhibition to illustrate the profound and enduring influences of classical ballet and its most celebrated practitioners – ballerinas – on modern high fashion.

The fashions that have travelled from Bath to New York include Margot Fonteyn’s black wool ‘Daisy’ suit from Dior’s New Look Collection (1947), blue sequinned ‘Debussy’ dress by Dior (1950), and ostrich feather dress and coat by Yves Saint Laurent (1965). Alicia Markova’s black silk ‘Tambourin’ dress by Dior (1955) is another highlight.

We are delighted to be able to showcase these fabulous pieces to new audiences in New York.

Fashion Museum Manager Rosemary Harden has also contributed to the book that accompanies the exhibition.

Yves Saint Laurent, ostrich feather dress worn by Margot Fonteyn, 1965. Photograph by William Palmer