Since the 15th century, ballet has captivated the heart of the art and dance world, and its decadent yet delicate aesthetic has remained continually intriguing and inspiring. It goes without saying that many fashion designers have pulled inspiration from the movement and gorgeous detail of ballet costumes, but lately we have seen the inkling influence of ballet in our favorite lingerie lines as well, enough to predict ballet-inspired pieces as a major upcoming lingerie trend. Not only do the typically pastel palette and delicate fabrics loan themselves beautifully to the lingerie medium, it is also the perfect counterpoint to the bondage-inspired black straps and graphic cut-out trends that have dominated the market the past few years.
And who is more perfect to interpret a balletic aesthetic than Angela Friedman? The American indie designer is renowned for her exquisite, handmade luxury lingerie, robes and corsets, and her diffusion label “Fairytales by AF,” a collection of soft, pretty separates, in sheer fabrics with frills, has a cult following. But prior to founding her eponymous label, Friedman honed her craft as a costumier for professional ballet companies.
Tutu-inspired garter belts and suspender skirts have been popping up in more and more collections and selling well for many labels. The lace appliqué on sheer mesh used to create nude illusion has been huge in both fashion and lingerie recently, and it is a technique that has its roots in the dance and figure skating world. Friedman’s aptly titled, tutu-esque suspender ‘Giselle’ is a perfect example of both these details, as are the matching bralette and brief that allow the bust to retain a more natural shape, which is reminiscent of the silhouettes created by dance leotards.
Live FAST is beyond excited to have the honor of presenting an exclusive first look at the new Angela Friedman collection for Autumn/Winter “The Firebird,” which is one of the best examples of ballet-inspired lingerie we’ve ever seen, playing off of this trend and taking cues from the designer’s ample experience in the industry. Not content to simply reference, this campaign was an epic undertaking on Friedman’s part, with elaborate looks, a actual theatre stage as the set, and a professional ballerina in lieu of traditional model. We should add that the latter is a stunning representation of how athleticism, substance, and authentic artistic talent can truly bring garments to life.
The pairing of Friedman’s silk crossover bralettes with bespoke corsetry are one of the strongest points in the collection, and the rich, seasonally appropriate shades of burgundy, black and dark blue are a poignantly sophisticated step away from the conventionally balletic blush pink. The collection’s core components of triangle bras, cinched waists and theatrical tutus create overall silhouettes that are strong yet delicate, powerful yet graceful. Friedman excels with delicate, soft textures, and wisely utilizes silk and soft tulle as the main materials of choice for “The Firebird.”
The overall effect of the collection is looks that are original, graceful, and elegant, a fresh injection of inspiration in an industry that often feels like it lacks those traits in any authentic way. For centuries, ballet has captivated audiences with its intoxicating blend of decadence and elegance, powerful strength and grace, and Friedman’s “The Firebird” collection beautifully translates those traits to lingerie. We’re predicting ‘ballet’ as the next huge lingerie inspiration – get ready to get your swan on.