While ballet is several hundred years old, it wasn't until the twentieth century that it started to have an impact on fashion. Unlike many dancers who were considered women of lose morals, ballerinas were thought of as classy. Before an era of television, the Ballets Russes, with sets by Pablo Picasso and costumes by Coco Chanel, took the world by storm. Imagine fashion magazines are a few years from being born (and even then they will lack photographs), and you have no style icons aside from society women. Then your city is descended upon by these beautiful fairy creatures who can almost fly, who are tugging at your heart with their grace and stories, and who are women who seem to be making a living on their own merits. How could that not capture everyone's attention? The Ballets Russes in its avant garde splendor really ignited a fire for this old form of dance. Tutus, feathers, flowing fabrics, ribbon laces, perfect buns, leg and arm warmers, and soft colors are all ballet staples (though not always original to ballet) that fashion still draws on every day.
I read in an old book of a woman complaining about her husband's love of ballet and the dancers' "vulgar" display of ankle.
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