Jean Paul Gaultier, Couture, AW11, Paris.
Fashion has had a long love affair with the symbols of the ballet world throughout history, from tutu inspired dresses and ballet flat shoes, to colour palettes inspired by soft nudes, pinks and strong blacks.
For the Autumn-Winter 2011 Couture collection from Jean Paul Gaultier the ballet shoe was converted into a high heel – without the actual high heel part. While the wraps of ribbon and shining satin materials make these beautiful objects, it’s hard not to feel that it’s not the most flattering of line for footwear. Especially when you think about the arch of a foot in a real ballet shoe, curving gracefully to support the full weight of the body and lengthen the line of the leg.
Catwalk images from Vogue.co.uk»