Erdem Takes Us Backstage on the Ballet for Fall 2021

A glance from Erdem’s Fall 2021 assortment. Photograph: Imaxtree

As a former ballet dancer who now works in fashion, I can’t help but perk up when the two worlds collide in some way (unless, it’s, well, bad), whether it’s a designer collaborating on costumes for a production, or taking inspiration from the beautifully demanding art form. As of today, Erdem Moralioglu has done both — and well.

For Fall 2021, the London-based designer looked back to his 2018 collaboration with The Royal Ballet, when he designed costumes for a new production. Specifically, he was inspired by dancers before they take the stage. “We are in the wings, that liminal space between onstage and offstage, observing dancers criss-crossing over the mental and physical threshold to perform, moving from private to public and back again in a beat, a breath and the stretching or tensing of a limb,” read the show notes. He also looked to images of famed ballerina Margot Fonteyn, as she continued dancing into her 40s (unheard of in the ballet world), backstage, in rehearsal and off-duty. 

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