Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Marie Claire UK and Designer Kinder Aggugini Collaborate for the English National Ballet

Marie Claire and designer Kinder Aggugini have partnered to create a magical, modern take on three iconic ballet scenes for the English National Ballet (which celebrates its 60th birthday this year).

Featuring in the January issue of Marie Claire, this festive collaboration sees Aggugini design special costumes for three of the most famous female characters in ballet – the Sugar Plum Fairy (from the Nutcracker), Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Marie Claire sought Aggugini’s involvement to create a fabulous, fashion take.

“This project came up when I was tearing my hair out preparing for London Fashion Week.” He says. “But it was a dream come true. To have creative carte blanche was so exciting. I wanted to create something fresh for the dancer’s costumes in these traditional roles, getting away from the traditional,” says Aggugini.

 In his hands, Cinderella’s rags become wisps of over dyed navy and cream chiffon layered over floral embellishment, studded with tiny crystals.

For Sleeping Beauty, he has created a fashion take on the classic tutu – looping signature white mohair with a stiff skirt of broderie anglaise.

And the Sugarplum Fairy lives up to her  name with a bubble hemmed tutu adorned with ribbons and bows of sugared almond colour chiffon.

Trish Halpin, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire says “We’re thrilled Kinder Aggunini has created these costumes for this unique collaboration. His experience of working for some of the most theatrical brands in fashion, from Vivienne Westwood to Versace, made him the perfect choice to dream up the costumes”. 

Dancers displayed these costumes at Marie Claire’s Christmas event with the English National Ballet in London on December 2nd; where Kinder Aggugini talked through each one-off dress before the dancers performed an exclusive preview from the English National Ballet’s new production of the Nutcracker.

The images feature in the January issue of Marie Claire on sale since December 3rd . 

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