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Designed for dance

By Carolyn Enting

Dunedin designer Tamsin Cooper has been commissioned to design an anniversary collection of garments to celebrate the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 60th anniversary this year.

The monochromatic collection – which has been produced wholly in black and white – is a direct reference to the ballet Swan Lake, and a departure from Cooper’s usual bright colour palette.

It will be spectacularly launched on the runway at iD Dunedin Fashion Week on March 15 and 16 by two RNZB ballerinas who will model as well as dance their way down the catwalk wearing silk velvet coats lined with 100 per cent parachute silk and sparkling accessories.

Cooper has designed eight coats as well as accessories for the limited edition Anniversary collection. Styles include trench and swing coats and design features range from kick pleats and frills to peplums. Each features intricate hand embroidery and beading.

The Anniversary collection marks the ongoing collaboration between the RNZB and Cooper that began in 2009.


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