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Ballet fashion is about feeling empowered to dance your best by looking your best with dancewear that accentuates your beauty. Zarely is the perfect shop for all your ballet fashion needs with products co-created by dancers for dancers. Whether you want to show off your athletic side or your delicate grace, we have it all.

THIS WEEK WE ARE EXCITED TO FEATURE ZARELY ROLE MODEL, KATHERINE BARKMAN and her top-selling Katherine-Laser Cut Leggings. Katherine is a Soloist with San Francisco Ballet and joined the company in July 2022, starting with their 2022-2023 season. Prior to that, she was a lead dancer with The Washington Ballet as well as a Principal International Guest Artist and Teacher. She joined The Washington Ballet in October 2018, after winning consecutive Silver Medals from two of the world’s most prestigious ballet Olympiads -- the XI USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and the XXVIII Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. She embarked on her career as a principal dancer in the Philippines in 2015 with Ballet Manila, one of the most renowned classical ballet companies in Asia. As an international guest principal, she has performed in festivals, galas, and full-length productions around the world. Since 2019, Katherine has been a faculty member of The Washington School of Ballet.


“The essence of the Laser-Cut Collection is a combination of Victor Vasarely's technique of optical illusion and my love for the new technologies. These unique patterns make you look stunning and emphasize your perfect lines! Vasarely’s work has always inspired me. It is amazing how he used flat surfacesto create a 3D effect. This is the essence of a fashion designer’s work, taking 2D material and using it to make 3D shapes. I had the idea of creating a pattern that also had optical illusion using not a pen, but contemporary technologies.

Creating this pattern was pretty challenging. We collaborated with architects and they used programming language to write an algorithm to be able to create and recreate the pattern multiple times. It gave us the possibility to choose what shape of the hole we will use and many other parameters like quantity, size and reduction factor. For me, it was important to have the design process be collaborative and allow for changes to be made as we worked with the ballerina in the studio, trying on the leggings at different stages of the design to get the perfect fit.”

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