Misty Copeland and Degas: Emulation at its Finest

Emulation is a challenging middle ground between imitation and invention.”

– David Mayernik, Professor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame


(C) 2016 Hearst Communications. Harper’s Bazaar, Misty Copeland and Degas: The Art of Dance. Photographs by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory, featuring Misty Copeland

It’s refreshing to see older works of art reimagined in a modern context, and the latest photo shoot from Harper’s Bazaar is a breath-taking example of a modern reinvention. Featuring the amazing Misty Copeland posing as the young ballerina of Degas’ celebrated paintings, this blend of paint and photography, past and present, puts a modern twist on the graceful, fleeting dancers of a century ago. Photographers Ken Browar and Deborah Ory preserve the earthy pastels and unique poses of Degas’ ballerinas while capturing the strength of Copeland’s movements and the power of her personality, revealing the transformation of the 19th century girl into a confident modern woman who has perfected her art. Continue reading