As catwalks and presentations explode on runways and in quirky venues across New York, so too does the Martha Graham Dance Company onto the stage at the Joyce Theatre; in a programme of works aptly entitled – Shape & Design. The company pays tribute to Graham’s defining influence as an American Modernist with a body of work which highlights the sculptural and architectural aspects of choreography by Graham and others.
Looking at pictures from the programme brought to mind imagery from our Spring/Summer 15 shoot where the model is encouraged to animate the photograph via dance and movement, demonstrating how the outfit, in this instance our ‘Iman’ dress, reacts to movement, contouring and revealing the body as the model gyrates and poses .
A recent exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, entitled Dance & Fashion, explored the relationship between these two embodied art forms. For the modern dance section, the Martha Graham Dance Company loaned noteworthy dresses, some designed and worn by Graham herself, and others the product of a close collaboration between Halston and Graham. Fashion designers featured who have previously created costumes for modern dance include Narciso Rodriguez for Morphoses, Francisco Costa for Elisa Monte, and Tara Subkoff for Stephen Petronio, among others. A highlight was a costume from Merce Cunningham’s Scenario designed by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, juxtaposed with a CDG “bump” dress, which inspired the dance costume.
The Martha Graham Dance Company’s two-week season at The Joyce in New York City, February 10–22, 2015, will offer Graham classics, new commissions, and premieres by guest choreographers in three varied programs.
THREE FLOOR Spring / Summer 15 is now available online at http://www.threefloorfashion.com with new pieces bursting onto the site on Friday 20th February