Chanel's top dog has long been inspired by the ballet "as a child I was already impressed by old images of Anna Pavlova dancing the ballet," says Karl, "the Ballet Russes were an influence for me."
So Karl set about designing a sensational costume for the English National Ballet's Senior Principal Ballerina, Elena Glurdjidze. The hand-crafted tutu took three women over one hundred hours to stitch, embroider and trim with around 2500 feathers in Chanel's specialised Lemarie Atelier. Elena Glurdjidze confirmed just how important a ballerina's outfit is; "we always say that the look is 50% of how you are going to dance, so it is very important to have a beautiful costume."
On day of Elena's final fitting, the ballerina treated Karl to a performance of 'The Dying Swan' which the Kaiser filmed. Watch her beautiful performance below and check out those plumes!
By Pat McNulty