MAKING A POINTE: Guests walking into the ornate Palazzo Bocconi in Milan on Sunday were likely to run into a ballerina striking a pose on the staircase. The venue was hosting a tribute to Deborah Turbeville, who died last October at the age of 81.

Guests took in an exhibition of some of the images the photographer had published in Italian Vogue over the years, as eight classical ballerinas paraded in looks from Erika Cavallini’s fall collection, which incorporated tutus and other elements of dancewear.

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Cavallini said she contacted Turbeville shortly before her death to ask her to shoot an ad campaign for the brand, but the commission never came to pass.

“She was very enthusiastic about the project when I told her about this dance universe and the ballerinas, and I was very happy, because she was my favorite photographer,” Cavallini said. “It was a dream come true.”

In homage to Turbeville, the designer recruited five rising photographers on Instagram to take pictures of her creations, which have been collected into a book. “I contacted these people because their style was very much in line with Deborah Turbeville’s,” she noted.

Meanwhile, a group of photographers selected by Vogue Italia from among the 75,000 members of its PhotoVogue contributors’ page were on hand to capture the action, as the ballerinas modeled items such as silk dresses featuring patterns based on vintage wallpaper samples.

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