The fantastical world of the graceful ballerina has a storied relationship with fashion. Editors, stylists, models, and photographers alike are known for being captivated with ballet, and often those personal infatuations influence and inspire the work they do.
We recently got lost in a dream world all our own, perusing old fashion editorials inspired by ballet, and we want to share some of our favorite shots. The best of the best often feature real-life ballerinas, like American Ballet Theatre darling Misty Copeland or Paris Opera star Marie-Agnès Gillot. But some of the most beautiful ballet-meets-fashion shoots we've seen also star models who perhaps were ballerinas in a past life.
Keep scrolling to see some of the most stunning ballet fashion editorials ever!
This stunning shoot for Harper's Bazaar's March 2016 issue stars real-life ballerina extraordinaire Misty Copeland re-creating some of French impressionist painter Edgar Degas's most iconic works.
Financial Times' luxury lifestyle magazine offshoot, How to Spend It, did a beautiful editorial in 2013 featuring models wearing spot-on ballet-inspired pieces from designers like Louis Vuitton, Elie Saab, and Vivienne Westwood.
Model Freja Beha gives us major edgy ballerina vibes in this shot from an Interview spread shot by Craig McDean in 2010. The shoot features designs from Alexander Wang, Roberto Cavalli, and the more avant-garde Ann Demeulemeester.
Parisian ballerina Marie-Agnès Gillot stars in French magazine Crash's January 2015 shoot, which shows off just how skilled she is. Gillot had just previously starred in Céline's S/S 15 campaign alongside Joan Didion.
For Love Issue 10, photographer Tim Walker and models Edie Campbell and Karen Elson recall the darker side of the ballet world, all while styled in Dolce & Gabbana.
Are you feeling like you really want to pursue your inner ballerina? Shop some of our favorite ballet-inspired pieces now! Then share your favorite ballet-meets-fashion moments in the comments below.