Dance and photography connect in a universe that’s not known to many. Dance moves and costumes recite an anecdote on stage, similar to how a model tells her story through the camera lens.
This editorial, snapped by Patrick Demarchelier, demonstrates the synergy between the art and fashion industry. The importance of symmetry in fashion photography and dance is evident in each capture. Brilliantly channelling dances from various eras, model Arizona Muse does ballet, tango, cancan, disco and ballroom, all of it in intricate haute couture pieces. Initially styled for British Vogue by Lucinda Chambers, this editorial has reappeared in Vogue India, featuring Atelier Versace, Chanel, Giorgio Armani Prive, Valentino Haute Couture and Gaultier Couture.
While the disciplined lines of various dances are maintained, there’s an adept sense of autonomy in Muse’s shots. She looks like she belongs to the setting, be it a dance studio or a disco club, but her incomparable personality argues otherwise. As her tulle blouses, Swarovski-entrusted shoes and Ostrich-feathered dress speak the language of luxury, her placement amongst professional dancers almost looks forceful. Especially in the Black Swan-inspired Givenchy couture gown, where Muse’s powerful stance is overshadowing the real motive of her being in a room full of ballet performers.
But when these gliding gowns, pointed shoes and bandaged bodice will eventually alight the dance floor, it might be hard to photograph that moment. More so when Muse is involved in the show!
To view the full shoot, click on the thumbnails above.