November 20, 2015
ABT to Auction 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition Pointe Shoes, November 20-29, 2015
Manolo Blahnik, Karl Lagerfeld, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Louboutin, Marchesa and Narciso Rodriguez Among the Designer Creations Available for Auction Through eBay for Charity
A special auction of collector’s edition ballet pointe shoes celebrating American Ballet Theatre’s 75th Anniversary is scheduled for November 20 thru November 29, 2015 on the eBay for Charity auction site. As part of ABT’s 15-month 75th Anniversary celebration, top fashion designers paid tribute to the Company’s Diamond Jubilee in a special museum-worthy pointe shoe display at the Metropolitan Opera House. These one-of-a-kind shoes will now be available for purchase by the general public through eBay for Charity auctions.
In all, nine designers were enlisted by Hamish Bowles, International Editor at Large for American Vogue and ABT Trustee, to reinterpret a ballet pointe shoe in both elaborate and minimalist ways. These unique collector shoes reflect the aesthetic of each designer. Contributing to the exhibition were Manolo Blahnik, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Louboutin, Peter Copping for Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Marchesa, Narciso Rodriguez and Christian Siriano. In addition, famed British milliner Stephen Jones created a ballet-inspired fascinator employing silk and miniature pointe shoes, which will also be auctioned.
Bidding for single one-of-a-kind pointe shoes and the Stephen Jones fascinator will begin at $500. Bidding for the auction’s featured “pair” of pointe shoes by Christian Louboutin will begin at $850. Surprise ABT/celebrity collector’s items will also be offered for auction at points during the bidding period. For more information on these items, please watch for announcements on ABT’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
To see photos of American Ballet Theatre’s Collector’s Edition Pointe Shoes and other items, please see link and visit: www.abt.org/eBayPointeShoeAuction
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