Photo by Karen Jackson, For The Baltimore Sun
May 10, 2014
Even though Ilana Silverstein, 33, dressed for the "Greece is the word" theme of Single Carrot Theatre's annual gala -- which raised money for the theatre company's education and community programs -- she might easily have worn the outfit to another party. The Washington dance artist loves to play with her style.
"I like to take these opportunities to blur the lines between performer and audience and have a little fun with it," she says.
Her looks are as numerous as her various roles in life. In addition to being a modern dancer, Silverstein is a resident artist at Georgetown Hospital, where she does guided imagery and relaxation techniques with cancer patients. She also runs an artist workshop series called "Fieldwork" and is a member of Tia Nina, a feminist punk-rock modern dance band that performed at Single Carrot this year.
Clearly, she's not afraid to take risks. Except in one area of her style.
"Anything I wear, I have to be able to move in it," she says. "Any dress I'm wearing to a party, I need to [be able to] dance in it ... and it's not constrictive. No straight skirts or anything like that."
HER STYLE: "Expressive. I'm a dancer. So I'm in yoga pants and tank tops most of my life. So when dressing up, I like to wear lots of jewelry, and wear lots of makeup."
HER STYLE: White halter dress with ivory underlayer, tieback and handkerchief hem, made for her by New York designer Pei Cheng for a solo piece she did called "Broken Mosaic." Two gold chain belts doubled or fastened higher to make them necklaces, gold beaded necklace and matching earrings, upper arm cuff and two bangles, all borrowed from friends. Naturalizer silver strappy slingbacks ("I have a bunch of strappy sandals from being a bridesmaid at weddings.") Gold mesh evening bag "from a yard sale somewhere."
SHE BORROWS RATHER THAN SHOPS: "It's part of my culture with my friends. We're always like, 'Oh, you're going to wear that to that? You should wear this with it.' "
HER FASHION IDOLS: "Prince. David Bowie. Patti Smith. Even though this is an ultra-feminine outfit, I like playing with androgyny."