PNB Soloist Elizabeth Murphy Releases Leotard Line

Two years ago, Elizabeth Murphy was in the corps of Pacific Northwest Ballet (check out Dance Magazine’s feature of Murphy in August 2013) and sewing leotards for her friends as a hobby. Today, Murphy’s dance career has taken leaps and bounds—both onstage in principal roles and into the soloist ranks—and now she is jetéing into the world of commercial design. This summer, Murphy released her first line of leotards on Etsy.com. She partnered with Patrick Fraser Films to give us a behind-the-scenes look at her life as a leotard designer.

 

“There are certain lines of a dancer’s body that you want to emphasize,” Murphy says in the clip, her voice narrating slow motion shots of her powerful legs and graceful port de bras. “A good leotard is one that has the perfect fit.” We could not agree more, and who better to make dancewear than someone who practically lives in Lycra? That dusty pink leo is as radiant as Murphy’s dancing, and we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.

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