Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet's Dores André Shares Her Streetwear Style Icons and Studio Must-Haves

This story originally appeared in the June/July 2016 issue of Pointe.

Dores André doesn't like shopping, but she loves clothes. Her favorite source of style inspiration is the 1964 comedy What a Way to Go!, starring Shirley MacLaine and a closet of over-the-top costumes. “It's just crazy—she wears, like, thousands and thousands of outfits," André says. “I wish I owned every single piece in that movie." When it comes to her own personal style, “I'd say it's a little like Natalie Wood meets Pussy Riot," she says. Black is an easy go-to, but when she has time she puts together more eclectic, colorful ensembles, and she likes a bit of punk edge. In the studio, André dresses for the work she's rehearsing. “I don't like wearing pink tights in general, but if I'm doing a classical piece I'll wear them," she says. “Or if it's a little more contemporary, I'll wear shorts instead of a skirt." She looks for pieces that are flattering (long-sleeved leos are one favorite), while still allowing her to dance her best. “You have to look good, but also make it so you can look good dancing," she says.


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The Details—Street

C/MEO Collective kimono: “It's an Australian brand. I own many things from them. I like how their clothes can be flowy but also very structured, and the materials are a little thicker."

T-shirt: “This was a present from a friend, and I made it a crop top. It's from the planetarium in Puerto Rico."

Jeans: “I got these at a vintage store in San Francisco called Afterlife—best name for a vintage store."

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The Details—Studio

Yumiko unitard: "Yumikos are the best. This one's, like, 10 years old—they're so sturdy."

ASOS jacket: "I like big sweaters and pants before class, and then I usually take them off quite fast."

Freed of London pointe shoes, Heart maker: "I love that I wear Hearts." André typically puts on her pointe shoes for center. If it's a new pair, she'll wear them at the end of barre.

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