MISTY MARRIES: Hundreds weren’t watching when Misty Copeland married her longtime boyfriend Olu Evans in Laguna Beach, Calif., on Sunday in a private ceremony.
Copeland, a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, reportedly exchanged vows wearing a V-necked sleeveless Inbal Dror wedding gown and Christian Louboutin shoes.
Copeland shattered a major glass ceiling in June 2015 when the ABT made her the first African-American woman to become a principal dancer.
The Tel Aviv-based Dror did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Dror, a graduate of the Shenkar Fashion Art Academy in Tel Aviv, spent a few years working in Milan before launching a signature collection of bridal and evening gowns in 2010. In the U.S., the designer’s wedding dresses are sold at Mark Ingram Atelier and Panache Beverly Hills.
Composed and forthright about the barriers she has helped break, Copeland’s career was the subject of “A Ballerina’s Tale,” a 2015 documentary by Nelson George. Evans is featured in the film as well — at times waiting patiently.
Copeland has taken to the designer crowd. She wore Carolina Herrera for a March 2016 shoot for Harper’s Bazaar. As a 2016 Variety Power of Women award winner, she shared that honor with another designer Vera Wang, as well as Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o and Megyn Kelly. While Copeland’s Twitter feed showed no wedding photos as of Monday afternoon, there were other designer ties including a shot of her dancing in an Oscar de la Renta gown. There is also a more relaxed shot by Regan Cameron of the dancer sitting in ripped jeans for a Cosmopolitan shoot. More interesting is the image of a letter signed by both Moncler’s Remo Ruffini and the Royal College of Art’s rector Paul Thompson inviting her to participate in Moncler’s inaugural Freeze for Frieze Exhibition.
Another one of Copeland’s brand partners, Seiko, just introduced the Seiko Tressia Misty Copeland limited-edition watch. Packaged in a pink ballerina box, the solar-powered watch has 24 diamonds on its bezel and a mother-of-pearl face with a watchband cast in silver and rose-gold tones. The $575 time piece will be shipped out to select stores this month.
In an interview with WWD in May, Copeland talked about her role as a ballerina: “In this art form the woman is most important, and it wouldn’t exist without her so for ballet to be getting so much recognition right now says so much about women and how important we are — no matter what field — that we are capable of anything and should be allowed to have a voice.”