New York City Ballet Taps Carolina Herrera, Thom Browne, And More Top Designers For Opening Night Costumes — And The First Photos Are Finally Here

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: Dancers perform a celebration of Russian ballet during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Most of us are obsessed with fashion. But what's fashion fascinated with? Ballet. Whether it be a dance inspired editorial, fashion editors turning ballet into the newest fitness craze, or a star-studded red carpet for the opening night at Lincoln Center (and needless to say, the ballet flat), fashion loves ballet. So it's no surprise that the two are combining for this year's opening gala of the New York City Ballet (NYCB), where costumes designed by fashion's biggest designers will hit the stage. 

Sarah Jessica Parker, the NYCB's vice chair, came up with the idea for each designer to team up with a choreographer and design a costume that is both fashion-forward and functional for dance. So who's going to be involved? Carolina Herrera, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Thom Browne and Mary Katrantzou. I'm practically pirouetting out of my chair in anticipation. 

The first sketches of the dresses have just been released, and it's all the prettiness I expected, incorporating the designers' signature styles: feminine from Herrera, Burton with a flair for the dramatics, Katrantzou's signature patterns, and Browne's trademark suiting.

Before the curtains are raised, let's take a look at some moments when our favorite celebrities traded their Louboutins for pointe shoes, and fashion and ballet collided.

1. Candice Swanepoel

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The Victoria's Secret angel showed off her hidden talent in a photoshoot by Jerome Duran.

2. Elle Fanning

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The actress showed that all those ballet classes we see her leaving are definitely paying off!

3. Zoe Saldana

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The expectant mom proves that her dancing in Center Stage was more than just acting.

4. Brigitte Bardot

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Though more famous for her make-up, messy/sexy hair, and film roles, the French screen siren started her career as a ballerina

5. Natalie Portman

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Even though Portman isn't a real life ballerina, she did train pretty extensively for her Oscar-winning role. And she married a ballet dancer. So she counts by default. 

Images: Getty Images (1); Candices Swanepoel/Tumblr,The Fannings/Tumblr, Ballet and Beautiful Things/Tumblr, The Nifty Fifties/Tumblr, Milk and Cookies/Tumblr

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