Dance — some identify it as a sport, some as a performing art. Either way, dance is something that inspires contemporary editorial trends and creates bold visuals, with ballet being the most popular.

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Miami Heat | Teen Vogue June/July 2015

With a narrative of dance-inspired editorials cropping up over recent years, it’s apparent how influential the rhythmical sport has become as a medium of expression.

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Dance Photography | Svetlana Belyaeva

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Dance Photography | Svetlana Belyaeva

Russian Photographer, Svetlana Belyaeva, is best known for her remarkable compositions and capture of colour in her photographs. Emphasising majestic-like atmospheres and models with fairy-like postures, Belyaeva  introduces a modern way of presenting certain dance moves. Drawing inspiration from a broad spectrum of photography, from wedding portraits to art-nude, the Russian artist is particularly skilled in retouching photographs to create an eerie yet elegant presentation.

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‘The Dance’ | Vogue Russia | Patrick Demarchelier

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‘Let’s Dance’ | Vogue Russia | Patrick Demarchelier

Winner of the 2015 CLIO Image AwardPatrick Demarchelier has a wealth of experience in fashion photography and a particular talent for capturing dance in its pivotal moment. Nicole Purcell, president of CLIO Awards, previously commented on the Frenchman’s style of work:

“For three decades, Patrick Demarchelier has shaped the way the world sees fashion and beauty. Capturing essential qualities of his subjects with boundary-pushing photography, his work presents a timeless vision of the art and industry of fashion.”

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Vivienne Westwood | The Vienna State Ballet

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Vivienne Westwood | The Vienna State Ballet

Vivienne Westwood took her dramatic designs to the stage and designed costumes for the Vienna State Ballet. Best known for her punk-inspired aesthetics, Westwood incorporated her signature style into magnificent dresses and tartan outfits exclusively made for the ballerinas: the collection shows the changes of Westwood’s designs from past and present.

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Vivienne Westwood | The Vienna State Ballet

As the worlds of dance and fashion become increasingly intertwined, the simple fusion continues to generate excitement among designers, photographers, artists, and dancers themselves ; driving the creative innovation of the two different art forms.

If you stumble, make it part of the dance.

– Anonymous

Written by Christy Chin

Edited by Christina Wright

References

Ford Models Blog (2015) Miami Heat | Steph Gimson for Teen Vogue June/July 2015 [Online] Available at http://www.fordmodelsblog.com/editorials/miami-heat-steph-gimson-for-teen-vogue-junejuly-2015/ [Accessed 19/6/16]

Svetlana Belyaeva (2013) Svetlana Belyaeva Photography [Online] Available at http://belsveta.net [Accessed 19/6/16]

Vogue Russia (2015) We Tried [Online] Available at http://www.vogue.ru/magazine/articles/dlya_nas_staralsya/ [Accessed 20/6/16]

Vogue (2015) Photographer Patrick Demarchelier’s 15 Best Moments in Vogue [Online] Available at http://www.vogue.com/13259352/patrick-demarchelier-best-vogue-photos-clio-image-lifetime-achievement-award/ [Accessed 20/6/16]

Into the Fashion (2014) Vivienne Westwood for Vienna State Ballet [Online] Available at http://into-the-fashion.com/33732/vivienne-westwood-for-vienna-state-ballet/ [Accessed 20/6/16]