Ballet Inspires Designer Rachel Antonoff

“My design rule of thumb is to make things I want to wear,” said the petite designer Rachel Antonoff at her presentation last night, set up on the stage of the The Henry Street Playhouse on the Lower East Side.

The models were posed on stage in tutus and ballet slippers, floral rompers, and pretty party dresses nipped at the waist.

Ms. Antonoff, previously of the Mooka Kinney label favored by actress Zooey Deschanel, was inspired when she began taking ballet classes some time ago with burlesque performer and girl-about-town Sarah Sophie Flicker. The designer attended the New York City ballet for the first time this past year.

“I love costumes,” she told the Transom. “Ballerinas get to wear fun costumes to work and I guess I just think that you don’t have to be a ballerina to wear a costume to work.”

Ms. Antonoff said that she only got to take tap dance classes as a child.

Ms. Flicker was supposed to host the presentation–a drawing of her was pictured on the invitation–but the Daily Transom heard she was not feeling well right before the show and had to skip it.

Ballet Inspires Designer Rachel Antonoff