SANTIAGO´S MUNICIPAL BALLET

Fashion and ballet: Paulita Errázuriz combines passions at the Municipal Theatre.


Six Chilean designers were given a mission: to create costumes for dancers of the Ballet of Santiago, inspired by the new models of Hush Puppies The FLEXX. One of the chosen ones is Paulita Errázuriz, who told us about her own steps in the world of tutus.


Ballet and fashion worlds are not unknown to each other. Designers have not only been inspired by the aesthetics of dance, but they have also been the creators of the dancers' costumes on great stages such as the New York City Ballet and the Paris Opera. Coco Chanel herself, Miuccia Prada and Stella McCartney, among other great names, have taken fabrics to move to the rhythm of classical choreography.


The same task has just been accomplished byChilean designers Loraine Holmes, Lupe Gajardo, Paulita Errázuriz, Clara Edwards, Mona Tormo and Daniela Bustamante.. Invited by Hush Puppies, each of them created a dress inspired by the new models of The FLEXX shoe collection, which were worn by six stars of the Ballet de Santiago in a private performance..


Paulita Errázuriz, who considers herself a fan of classical dance, can't hide her enthusiasm in the face of this challenge. Almost like a dancer about to go on stage! And there's a reason for that, according to Mujer Dínamo, she took ballet lessons seriously as a child and performed in front of a large audience. That's why she didn't hesitate to accept this unusual project that combines her passion as a child with the passion that currently has her positioned as one of the most successful creative women in local fashion.


Have you ever taken ballet lessons?
As a child I attended Sara Nieto's academy and we performed pretty 'pro' in military school. I loved it! But I was too strict, which didn't suit me (laughs). That's why I admire a lot of dancers that live a life of great discipline.


Is there any costume from those performances that has stayed in your memory?
As we always practiced in a leotard, I was fascinated by the tutu. It was a special garment, because we only wore it for performances. The only thing I remember about the rest is that everything was very pink.


Did you go to the theater to see ballet? Which one is your favorite?
Yes, always! And I still do, I love it. Swan Lake is by far my favorite.


What did you think of this project by Hush Puppies and the Municipal Theatre?
Anything that is art-related, I love it. It was a huge challenge because I get to work with other designers that I admire and who are at a higher level than me because they have been doing this for many years. Besides, it is an honor that your creation is presented at the Municipal, the most beautiful stage. I never thought of rejecting the idea and I couldn't even believe that it was being offered to me. It's something incredible.


How did the design process go and did you incorporate the shoes assigned for the dancer Ethana Escalona?
I didn't want to make an ordinary dress, but followed the traditional ballet costumes: tutu, tulle and elastic fabrics. Everything in a modern version, to match the shoe. The one I got was beige and gold. As soon as I saw it, red and pink tones came to my mind. I decided not to do something obvious or similar to the rest, but to break the pattern and go for the dark. I didn't want it to be just one color either, so I mixed blue and green. I used tulle and lycra for the body. The final result is a typical ballet suit, although much more modern: low-cut in the back and in the front, while the tutu is a longer skirt like the ones I wear now, half-calf.


Fashion and ballet have always been closely related. Great designers such as Rodarte, Alaïa and even Coco Chanel have made costumes for dancers. Did you have any as a reference?
To be honest, what I had most in mind was the wardrobe for The Black Swan film with Natalie Portman. I guess that's why I was more on the dark side.


The dresses of this prominent group of designers will be on display at a private event this Sunday at the Municipal Theater. Afterwards, they will be on display at the main Hush Puppies stores in the country.

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