In true ballerina form, American Ballet Theater principal dancer, Isabella Boylston, is best known for her day-to-day leotard and tights look. That’s not to say that when the New York City-based dancer doesn’t oppose “a little drama” when she’s not in the studio rehearsing or on stage performing. In honor of Chanel’s Cruise 2018 Grecian-inspired collection, Boylston donned stunners—from an ecru and gold cotton pullover and green goatskin gladiator sandals to delicately embroidered top and pants set and a pleated iridescent crumpled calfskin backpack in gold-tone metal and bronze—with the grace and confidence of a girl who has grown up on stage.


Boylston got her start dancing at three-years-old in Sun Valley, Idaho. In 2006, she joined ABT as an apprentice and moved up the ranks. She now occupies a coveted spot as a principal dancer for the company. Now her career is taking a new twist. For the 31-year-old’s latest role she will be Jennifer Lawrence’s ballet double in the upcoming drama, Red Sparrow, opening this March 2nd. When about her ease in front of the camera versus the stage, Boylston explains it’s a natural fit, “dancers are most comfortable in movement.”


So, what’s a day in the life of a ballerina-come-screen siren-come-fashion darling like? Boylston begins her day at 10:00 A.M. with a workout and warmup, that are followed by rehearsals that last long into the better part of the day until 7:00 P.M. Evenings that she isn’t performing at Lincoln Center, Boylston can be found wearing jeans and a T-shirt enjoying a steady diet of pasta and an occasional glass of wine with her husband and friends at Maialino, Prune, or her neighborhood favorite, Rucola.