Royal Ballet Portraits in London

We recently wrote a guest blog post for the Royal Opera House on The Royal Ballet Portaits exhibition, currently on display at Paul Smith’s No. 9 Shop in London:

A meeting between Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae and iconic fashion designer Sir Paul Smith is what set the scene for a novelty project, The Royal Ballet in Portraits:

“Several months ago I was asked if I could meet a young man called Steven McRae who was a big fan of Paul Smith, which I did and he came to my studio in London. After meeting him I realised that he was a Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet and that his history was very interesting, he was from Australia and his father had an extraordinary career as a drag car racer and he was one of the youngest Principals ever.”  - Sir Paul Smith

Further discussions finally led them to agree on a concept: known for his enthusiasm for photography Sir Paul would shoot 18 of the Company’s Principal dancers, creating “engaging, interpretive images to capture the elegance and character of each individual dancer.” The images were taken at the Royal Opera House’s ballet studios and backstage. Most impressively the sessions were completed in just two days. [...]

Read the full post at the Royal Opera House blog

You may also want to check out these links:

  • Our coverage of the exhibition in Japan [link]
  • Paul Smith blog on London exhibition [link]
  • Opening party in London: featuring interviews with Sir Paul Smith and Royal Ballet Principals Steven McRae, Leanne Benjamin, Sarah Lamb, Mara Galeazzi and Thiago Soares:

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