“Style of Movement”: This is What Poetry in Motion Looks Like

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The Style of Movement: Fashion & Dance

By Ken Browar and Deborah Ory; Rizzoli New York; $75.00

The way bodies move in dance can be as stimulating to watch it is sensual to feel. Pairing these extraordinary bodies in motion with sartorial designs from couturiers Dior, Valentino, or Oscar de la Renta is an object lesson in how the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

“The Style of Movement: Fashion & Dance” offers physical manifestations of that entrancing alchemy. The collection was created by the team behind the best-selling photography book The Art of Movement, and also offers perspectives from designers through Pamela Golbin’s introduction and a forward by Valentino.

The Way You Move

But perhaps the designers are best represented by the book’s 250 expertly curated photographs: Modern fashion luminaries such as Moschino collide with costumes designed by the legendary Martha Graham. The book also reconsiders the titanic Halston, who often designed with the disco dance floor of Studio 54 in mind.

The world-renowned dancers featured on these pages bring joy and vibrance to the clothes and read like a Who’s Who of the dance world — including Tiler Peck, Daniil Simkin, Misty Copeland, Michael Trusnovec, Christine Shevchenko, Xander Parish, Olga Smirnova and Artem Ovcharenko.

Best Foot Forward

The result is a feast for the eyes. It would be a welcome addition to the collections of dancers and fashionistas alike. And it just might make the perfect reciprocal gift for that friend who’s always willing to share that extra ticket to American Ballet Theatre.
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Last modified: October 15, 2019