Fashion has been rather enamoured of ballet after Rodarte designed the stunning costumes for Black Swan, and subsequently the SS11 catwalks were awash with floaty, ballet inspired clothing, such as Chloe.
Yesterday Queen Marie sent me an image of Moschino's tutu design for the English National Ballet, which was "inspired by the quintessentially English Pearly Kings and Queens", and one of several guest designers the ballet company have brought in to create their version of the iconic tutu. The creations will be auctioned off to raise money for the ballet company.
It's not the first time the English National Ballet have collaborated with fashion designers. In March, for their production of Black Swan, Giles Deacon created a tutu to be worn by prima ballerina Elena Glurdjidze.
And last year they collaborated with students at London College of Fashion to design a collection to celebrate the centenary of the Ballet Russes, to coincide with a retrospective at the V&A.
For this event, other than Moschino, designers such as Erdem, Giles, Roksanda Ilincic, Julien Macdonald, Kinger Aggugini, Agent Provocateur and House of Worth are some of the designers tasked to recreate the ballet costume and ballet inspired dresses. Christian Louboutin and Beatrice Ong have created shoes especially for the event.
The designs will be displayed on a catwalk show on June 29 at the English National Ballet's Summer Party at The Orangery, Kensington Palace, where guests will then be able to bid on them.