15 young artists have Louis Vuitton to thank for their upcoming trip to France! As part of February’s New York Fashion Week, students from the Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz and Contemporary program, Parsons The New School for Design and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music presented the final products of a six-month collaborative performance project. Working in teams led by choreographers Francesca Harper, Ginger Thatcher, Angelica Stiskin, Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie, Tiffany Rea-Fisher and Joyce King, artists created original 5–7 minute pieces with original choreography, music and costumes made from donated Louis Vuitton materials. (Ooh la la!) Stiskin's group created the winning piece, Chronogenesis, which focuses on the nature of time and the frenzied pace of everyday life. She and her team will travel to France in May to tour the LV store, museum and workshop. Check out their fashion-forward costume designs:

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Photos by Marie Havens

New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns marked her injury recovery and recent return to the stage by unveiling a new blog, Barre None, on Huffington Post. In her weekly entries and videos, Mearns offers visitors a behind-the-scenes peek at the ins and outs of her daily life as a ballerina. That means getting the lowdown on rehearsals, costume fittings, travel, injuries and more. "I'm only one dancer, but I hope that by giving you a window into my life...a door will be opened to more interest, curiosity, and enthusiasm for this art form," she says.

Perhaps this project will correct a few of the industry's "Black Swan" stereotypes and foster a more inquisitive and informed audience. Read Mearns' last entry and watch the accompanying video (on New York City Fashion Week!) here:

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