• Mikelle Drew

Dance and Fashion at FIT



A few weeks ago, I took a Saturday afternoon to be a NYC tourist and decided to take advantage of the free exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology: Dance and Fashion. It did not disappoint. Being a lover of dance, it was especially exciting to see two things I loved intertwined in one exhibit.

There were costumes ranging from modern dance companies like Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham to dance inspired runway pieces like the ensembles worn by the step team who performed in Rick Owens' 2014 Spring show in Paris (and at the Opening Gala).

Much of the exhibit showcases ballet or ballet inspired looks. And while you can't touch anything, you're certainly close enough to see the beauty and detail of all of the pieces, including the footwear. How many times do you have the opportunity to see Lady Gaga's sky high "pointe" shoes up close and personal?

And seeing Iris Van Herpen's 3-dimensional pointe boots and leotard for the NYC Ballet's "Neverwhere" show was absolutely amazing. To see such unconventional materials used with dancers and their attire, where it's so critical for the appreal to move with the body, was truly captivating. If you're as intrigued as I was, you can see more on how they constructed the costumes on YouTube.

1. Noritaka Tatehana's "Lady Pointe" shoes worn by Lady Gaga

in her video for "Marry the Night".

2. A look from the Rick Owens Spring 2014 Paris fashion show

The exhibit runs through January 3, 2015, so you still have time to catch it. And it's FREE so why not take some time to go and be inspired by this very moving (pun intended;) and beautiful exhibit.

Mikelle Drew is a teacher and fashion designer. She has been working in the fashion industry for over 15 years using Adobe creative software and teaching classes in digital fashion design since 2005. Check out her digital fashion tips and tutorials here at the 383Degrees blog or on our YouTube Channel. Or experience her skills in person at one of our group classes

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