The splendid Dorchester Ballroom is more used to grand banquets than a grand jeté en avant. But when we decided to choreograph flowing frocks and corseted couture dresses with dazzling jewels to create a ballet of ballgowns for the new issue of Epicurean Life, The Dorchester said, fair pointe…

The circular dining tables were rolled aside, the gilt chairs stacked and the champagne flutes awaited in regimental lines, while the magnificent antique mirrors reflected the glory of chiffon and chassés, diamonds and demi-pointes, pearls and pliés.

 Our model, Josephine McGrail, classically trained in ballet in Denmark before becoming a model and so could pointe as well as pout. The glamorous evening dresses were selected to go with the balletic flow with wafting silk, lace and organza from British couture designers, Suzanne Neville, Bruce Oldfield, Jacques Azagury, Fitriani, Rachel Couture - and, also, Worth of Paris - all accessorized with stunning jewels from Marco Bicego, Mikimoto, Harry Winston and Chaumet plus ballet slippers from Freed of London.

Photographer, Darren Paul, captured the exclusive solo performance of our prima fashion ballerina performing for one day only at the Dorchester Ballroom. Make up by Rosie Kor and Hair by Ivana Juric at Orao Hair Studio.