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Summer party for English National Ballet

Posted on May 19, 2011

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enbdresses-3245Ballet meets fashion at Kensington Palace this June, when English National Ballet launches a designer tutu auction for its summer fundraising party.


The party will be held on June 29 at The Orangery, Kensington Palace, with performances and jazz music on the terrace. The evening of entertainment will include dances from the company’s most popular ballets.


The company has also invited nine top fashion designers to create tutus exclusively for the summer party: Erdem, Agent Provocateur, Giles Deacon, Julien Macdonald, Roksanda Illncic, House of Worth, Kinder Aggugini, Bruce Oldfield and Moschino. Christian Louboutin and Beatrix Ong will design shoes for the auction.


Each designer has chosen a dancer from the company to inspire their work. At the party, the dancers will model the tutus in a catwalk show, before the costumes go on display for guests to bid. English National Ballet began speaking to designers in February, and has been amazed by the support and excitement from the fashion houses.


Nadja Swarovski, vice president of international communications at Swarovski and chair of the summer party event committee, said “English National Ballet is very close to my heart, and I am always thrilled to see their beautiful productions on stage, performed by such a talented group of dancers. This auction is an original way of bringing together the enormous popularity of ballet and the glamour of the fashion world, whilst creating original pieces of couture. I applaud this innovative idea, and look forward to a fabulous evening in June.”


Tickets for the summer party are on sale now, and cost £150. To book, visit or contact


Picture: Dancers of English National Ballet in their designer tutus. Photograph: Annabel Moeller.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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