Hear Philly: Fashion Meets Ballet In Bala Cynwyd

By Andrew Kramer

BALA CYNWYD, Pa. (CBS) – A fashion show like no other invades Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cynwyd November 6th to help support the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Saks is partnering with the ballet for the 4th year of Fashion at the Barre.

“It’s a unique fashion show because we use the dancers as models,” Pa. Ballet dancer Edward Barnes explains, “because we get to see the dancers in a different sort of performance medium than what you would see them on stage. They’re a little more tangible, they’re real people.”

In past years this event has been a brunch, but this year it will be a cocktail party.

“We’re keeping the store open late,” Barnes says. “It’s going to be a lot more fun this year. We’ve got a young friends ticket now, so we’re trying to get some young people in to be more involved with the ballet.”

 

Edward Barnes in the KYW Newsradio studio. (Credit: Andrew Kramer)

Edward Barnes in the KYW Newsradio studio. (Credit: Andrew Kramer)

 

Barnes says jewelry designer Zoë Chicco will be joining artists with the ballet:

“She will actually be in the store making an appearance. She will bring a trunk show of jewelry that will be set up.”

Also this year, Barnes says, they will feature an exclusive trunk show from the company “Libertine,” where designer Johnson Hartig will send his spring/summer 2016 collection:

“His pieces are all one-of-a-kind, all of the jackets are hand-crafted, all embellished with crystals and patches and they’re kind of crazy and kind of fun. So actually you’ll be able to purchase some of the pieces of his we have in the store currently, but you’ll also get a chance to have a piece that’s coming up that’s going to be brand new. Nobody is going to have one just like it.”

Barnes adds this event is geared toward people who love fashion and ballet, but that’s not all:

“And people who have no exposure to it yet. That’s the fun of this party, it’s low-key, it’s low-stress, it’s super fun.”

 

Pa. Ballet dancer Elizabeth Wallace on the runway (Credit: Alexander Iziliaev).

Pa. Ballet dancer Elizabeth Wallace on the runway (Credit: Alexander Iziliaev).

 

And Barnes says ten-percent of what is sold gets donated back to Pennsylvania Ballet, but the event is more than just a fundraiser:

“It’s for a good cause, but also it’s a really fun evening of cocktails, great food, beautiful dancers, it’s a chance to interact with people you normally see from a distance.”

Fashion at the Barre begins at 6 p.m.

For tickets and information go to the Pennsylvania Ballet website or find them on Facebook.

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