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Brief Published: 10 Apr 2012

Carbon Life Ballet Costumes by Gareth Pugh


British fashion designer and former dancer Gareth Pugh has returned to his ballet roots by designing the costumes for London’s new ballet production, Carbon Life.

Currently showing at the Royal Opera House in London, the nine-song performance is choreographed by acclaimed British Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor. Based upon the theme of love in all its many forms, Pugh has twisted conventional ballet looks with his signature sculptural, dark designs.

Portraying a disjointed evolution, Pugh has the dancers begin in flesh-coloured underwear before graduating into futuristic versions of themselves. The costumes culminate in sharp, structured ballet pumps, origami-style tutus, moulded black spiked boots and angular, pointed facemasks.

Carbon Life runs until 23 April 2012, tickets are priced between £3 and £42.

Royal Opera House 

Art & Design