Move over pastel pinks and buoyant bows because Caroline Reznik is giving ‘ballet-core’ a whole new meaning. Think avant-garde-esk leather boleros, lace full-length bodysuits and all the sheer you could possibly dream of.
Debuting her first collection with a monumental closing show at this year’s AAFW, the ex-professional dancer took a deconstructed approach to a famously prim and proper art form, creating a world of main character ensembles.
Designed to tell a story, much like a choreographed ballet performance, sheer slip dresses and tutus with raw edges made an elegant entrance. Bold, avant-garde-esk leather boleros, architectural jackets and low-rise trousers screamed modern femininity whilst lace, feather and shining snakeskin patterns adorned on cut-out gowns and full-length bodysuits reinforced the “ballet-core” backbone of the collection. While extravagant in appearance, each garment was largely constructed of deadstock materials, reworked to endure a second life of wear, tear, lust and love.
Photographed by CPC friend, Phoebe Wolfe, take a look behind the scenes of what went down at Australia’s most anticipated Fashion Week ‘23 closing show.
We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which this show took place.