NYC Dance Project was created by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory. They have created the project to showcase the wonderful world of dance and dancers, centered in New York City. Their work has been featured in many magazines including Harper's Bazaar, Italian Vogue, L'Uomo Vogue and Glamour, and on many websites including Today.com, Elle.com, USA Today, Huffington Post, Hasselblad and many others.
Their book, The Art
of Movement, was published on October 25, 2016 and
won an International Photography
Award for best book. These unique and
beautiful portraits of the dance community
not only showcase the graceful elegance of the dancers, but they also highlight the femininity and lightness of the
dresses the dancers wear.
So when the NYC Dance Project approached us with a collaboration
in mind, we were delighted to send them Tony Ward dresses from the Couture and
RTW collections, and we impatiently waited for the results. As you can see in
the pictures, we were far from being disappointed!
The beautiful dancer Sterling Hyltin, a Principal
with New York City Ballet
was able, through her dance to bring our dresses to life, while Ken and Deborah
were able to capture her movements in a mesmerizing
and unprecedented manner.
Forward: How did the
idea of NYC Dance Project come to you?
Deborah Ory: I started NYC Dance Project with my
husband, Ken Browar. I had
been a dancer growing up and had always loved dance. Ken and I were both working as commercial
photographers shooting fashion and celebrities. We really wanted to work
on a personal project together. Both of our teenage daughters were
studying dance at the American Ballet Theatre school. They wanted photographs of the dancers
from American Ballet Theatre that they admired to put up in their
rooms. To our surprise,
there were very few beautiful images of these dancers, so we decided we should
photograph them ourselves. We reached
out to one of the principal dancers and shortly after, we were
photographing most of the company! It
was not long before the project took off. Now we have a book of our work, have done
several gallery shows and are currently
working on a 2nd book.
F: What attracted you most in the Tony Ward dresses you chose?
DO: I was very attracted to the Tony Ward
dresses because of their femininity,
elegance and timeless style. The details
on these dresses were just incredible and the dancer was able to move
beautifully in them.
F: Describe the connection you observe between
dancing and fashion.
DO: It’s really wonderful to work with dancers
because they can take fashion to places you don’t usually get to envision when
working with a model. Dancers are able to make the garments come to life and
the movement brings out shape, form and texture in the clothing.