TOKYO, March 25 — A retired ballet dancer flipped the bird to her former career right now, making her Tokyo Fashion Week debut by laying naked the ache behind the great thing about classical dance.
Chika Kisada fused ballet with punk — leather-based jackets paired with a gothic-model black tutu-esque skirt — and despatched her fashions out in snug pink brogues with massive web bows as a substitute of pointe sneakers.
Ballet-model web pinafore clothes had been worn over knits with a leather-based-strap harness for a bohemian autumn/winter 2017 assortment of little-woman fantasy meets the perils-of-the-actual-world look.
Dramatic gold face masks — which mimicked the tiaras worn by ballerinas in classics comparable to Sleeping Magnificence — had been rustled up with the assistance of a ballet costume maker whom she is aware of by means of her outdated life.
The 36-year-outdated turned to fashion after years of gruelling coaching and prizes failed to lead to the highest-flight ballerina profession that she had dreamt of “ever since I can bear in mind”.
She danced for 16 years, learning “from daybreak to nightfall” and ended up at Asami Maki Ballet, one of many main classical corporations in Japan.
Then she give up.
“I didn’t do something for some time, however after I considered jobs I can categorical myself by means of the physique, it got here to me that being a designer could possibly be related,” she instructed AFP.
Whereas she launched a primary fashion line 10 years in the past, Kisada received an award final 12 months for her eponymous second model.
And in the event you assume “class of ballet” and “vitality of punk” are an odd mixture, then Kisada is out to show you flawed.
Ballet, she explains, is “not solely” the sweetness on stage. What the viewers doesn’t see, she explains, is the torment and agony that dancers endure in a notoriously aggressive and rigorous artwork type.
“I skilled the gulf between entrance and backstage, and the frustration. I would like to stick my center finger up at it,” she instructed AFP.
“So I channelled that feeling right into a punk spirit,” she stated. “I wished to categorical that there's not solely magnificence. For instance you see ugly accidents... and a painful expression behind a smiling face on stage.”
Her ambition now's to costume unbiased ladies and crack the European market, having already acquired stockists in Canada, China, Lebanon and Russia. — AFP