Where to Wear: Cendrillon at the Pacific Northwest Ballet
Images via Louiza Babouryan, Baby & Company
Premiering this weekend and running through February 12, the Pacific Northwest Ballet presents Cendrillion, a new take on the Cinderella story that focuses on the complex relationships between the characters and the emotional ties that bind them to their past and future. Beautifully choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, the production also pares down the classic tale to a more modernist display with elements like the traditional glass slipper being replaced by a bare foot dipped in glitter.
Rather than highlighting the magical aspects of the story, Maillot chooses to focus on two characters, Cinderella and her father, and how they endure the loss of her mother while navigating life with a new family. The ultimate takeaway of the new interpretation is that those we've loved and lost never truly leave us.
Which isn't to say that the ballet lacks humor or whimsy: A prince with something of a foot fetish. Desperate, seductive step-sisters. And a world of artifice and illusion all add to the tangled tale. Don't expect Disney (and maybe think twice before bringing the kids).
We're taking the whole event as an excuse to get dressed up in our fairytale finest. For the ladies, Louiza Babouryan's feathery, gauzy frocks are perfectly fit for a modern princess. Gentlemen will find themselves ready for the ball in a blazer by Sage de Crêt or Homecore, paired with some dapper accessories.
Find more of our favorite looks below. We'll see you in the audience.