Style meets movement: a new photography book featuring more than eighty of today’s most famous dancers, captured in movement and styled in garments designed by some of fashion’s biggest names.
From renowned photographers Ken Browar and Deborah Ory, the husband-and-wife team behind NYC Dance Project and the best-selling photography book The Art of Movement, comes their follow-up book for fans of dance, fashion, and photography. Spotlighting today’s greatest dancers–from ballet to modern–in clothing by today’s and yesterday’s most celebrated designers, this stunning volume takes the relationship between style, fashion, and dance as its subject. The dancers bring the pages to life with their grace and movement, becoming one with what they’re wearing. Whether in couture gowns from Dior, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, vintage Halston, Moschino, and Bill Blass, or in costumes designed by Martha Graham herself, the world-renowned dancers featured in these pages–including Tiler Peck, Daniil Simkin, Misty Copeland, Christine Shevchenko, Xander Parish, and Olga Smirnova–bring movement to style. The book has won an International Photography Award (IPA).
If you are a fan of photographers Deborah Ory and Ken Browar—the husband-and-wife team behind NYC Dance Project—get ready. This week, they released their second book, The Style of Movement: Fashion and Dance—and it’s stunning. The 305 page hardcover, a follow-up to their 2016 best-seller The Art of Movement, includes 250 photographs of world-class ballet and modern dancers showcasing couture gowns, jackets and trousers in a way only dancers can. The book features stars from companies like American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater wearing designers like Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Dior and vintage Halston. (And yes, there is a calendar version, too!)
Both Ory and Browar have backgrounds in couture. Browar was a fashion and beauty photographer in Paris for 28 years; Ory, a former dancer who started photography after an injury sidelined her in college, worked as a magazine photo editor. They initially started taking their trademark studio portraits of dancers as a birthday gift for their daughter, then a young ballet student. Before long, NYC Dance Project was born. We spoke with Ory and Browar about the process behind their latest book, and what to expect from NYC Dance Project in the future.