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Ballet and Fashion meet Rowing on the Yarra

I enjoyed a stimulating half day in Melbourne’s CBD today.

The city was busy with pre-christmas shoppers, picnickers and sports people of various ilks. After catching the tram down from Carlton to Fed Square and dodging joggers & skateboarders as I walked to the NGV,  I was able to watch a rowing regatta unfold on the Yarra. There were boats galore and the rowing sheds were a hive of activity.

The Yarra, 17/11/2012, rowing regatta

At the gallery, I headed for the exhibition ‘Ballet & Fashion’, which was a small collection of costumes & sketches used by the Australian Ballet Company over the years.

Contributors included Collette Dinnigan, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Christian Lacroix and Akira Isogawa. It was particularly enjoyable to watch video of dancers wearing costumes displayed.

My favourite was an exquisite & instantly recognisable Colette Dinnigan tutu and matching shoes.

Colette Dinnigan

Most fascinating was a Dutch design by Viktor & Rolf of a hooped burqa which lit up!




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