A fantastic exhibition comes to perfect Melbourne. Welcome to Ballet and Fashion. It all makes complete sense as Melbourne is the fashion capital of Australia. Curators Roger Leong (from the National Gallery of Victoria) and Yvonne Gates (from The Australian Ballet) clearly know what they are doing. Exhibited in the fashion capital of the world, and with companies such as fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue supporting this, you're in really great hands. A similar celebration is on in Sydney in supporting the 50th anniversary of the Australian ballet, however not in such opulence and beauty as Melbourne's show. Having seen this exhibition first hand quite recently, this event is simple albeit stunning. There is plenty to learn, enjoy and admire in a short space of time without feeling overwhelmed.
Head up to level two at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) International at St Kilda Road, where you will find ballet and fashion entwined. Some of the most beautiful ballet clothes are on display here. This exhibition is rather small, however the great thing is that there are other top exhibitions on simultaneously within this popular artspace.
The closeness between ballet and fashion dates back to the 1920s. A combination of modern and old school elegant ballet dresses and tutus are on display. Of course this all began when Coco Chanel was commissioned to create the costumes for Le Train Bleu. Learn more about this popular and peaceful dance style, and the role fashion plays in it. There are many great dresses to look at and admire. Some of these dresses have been runway hits. There is more to ballet than pink dresses, stockings and white shoes - you will be pleasantly surprised.
1. Guided tours: every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during the event period (except for boxing day and the day after new years day) at 1:30pm. Meet at the exhibitions entrance.
2. Film screening: Valentino - The Lost Emperor. On Sunday the 16th of December at 2pm. This screening will be held (to align with the ballet and fashion exhibition) at the Clemenger BBDO Auditorium inside NGV International. This screening is also free of charge.
An awesome way to celebrate 50 years of The Australian Ballet in Melbourne.