William Bracewell’s Sartorial Leap with Mr Porter

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Published February 29, 2024

Ballet dancer William Bracewell takes the spotlight for Mr Porter, wearing a Sefr jacket, Tom Ford shirt, and Acne Studios trousers.Pin
Ballet dancer William Bracewell takes the spotlight for Mr Porter, wearing a Sefr jacket, Tom Ford shirt, and Acne Studios trousers. Photo: Jon Gorrigan / Mr Porter

Connecting with Mr Porter for its latest feature, William Bracewell symbolizes dedication in a world where artistic passion is often sidelined for more pragmatic pursuits.

A principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, his story is a dance of resilience against the physical toll of ballet, an art form known for its grace and discipline but less so for the sheer endurance it demands from its performers.

William Bracewell for Mr Porter

William Bracewell is clad in a Celine leather jacket, classic jeans, a silk-jacquard scarf, and Chelsea boots for Mr Porter.Pin
William Bracewell is clad in a Celine leather jacket, classic jeans, a silk-jacquard scarf, and Chelsea boots for Mr Porter. Photo: Jon Gorrigan / Mr Porter

Bracewell’s journey through dance is marked by the passion that resonates beyond the stage. His words, “I very much subscribe to the idea that if I’m going to work, it has to be something I feel passionate about and which I love,” encapsulate a personal philosophy and a broader truth about the arts.

This fervor powered him through recovering from a back injury, reflecting his commitment to the craft.

William Bracewell sports a Sacai bomber jacket and Bottega Veneta striped shirt, accented with a Saint Laurent tie, Our Legacy jeans, and a Balenciaga eyelet belt, all complemented by a Tom Wood chain necklace.Pin
William Bracewell sports a Sacai bomber jacket and Bottega Veneta striped shirt, accented with a Saint Laurent tie, Our Legacy jeans, and a Balenciaga eyelet belt, all complemented by a Tom Wood chain necklace. Photo: Jon Gorrigan / Mr Porter

The images from the Mr Porter photoshoot, lensed by Jon Gorrigan, capture the essence of Bracewell not just as a dancer but as a man who embodies the ethos of his art in every aspect of his life.

William Bracewell models a Saint Laurent leopard print trench coat paired with a crisp polo shirt, sleek tuxedo trousers, Chelsea boots, and a silk scarf for Mr Porter.Pin
William Bracewell models a Saint Laurent leopard print trench coat paired with a crisp polo shirt, sleek tuxedo trousers, Chelsea boots, and a silk scarf for Mr Porter. Photo: Jon Gorrigan / Mr Porter

Styled by Olie Arnold, he occupies the space with an effortless elegance, whether in the sharp lines of a Tom Ford shirt or the bold statement of a Saint Laurent leopard print trench coat.

For Mr Porter, William Bracewell showcases a Sefr jacket, Tom Ford shirt, Acne Studios trousers, and Christian Louboutin boots.Pin
For Mr Porter, William Bracewell showcases a Sefr jacket, Tom Ford shirt, Acne Studios trousers, and Christian Louboutin boots. Photo: Jon Gorrigan / Mr Porter

With the spotlight often favoring the prima ballerina, Bracewell’s insights also offer a rare glimpse into the world of male ballet dancers, highlighting their roles’ unique challenges and perspectives.

In a Mr Porter feature, William Bracewell is styled in a Gabriela Hearst overcoat, Bottega Veneta tank, Alexander McQueen leather trousers, cinched with a Balenciaga eyelet belt and accented by a Tom Wood chain necklace.Pin
In a Mr Porter feature, William Bracewell is styled in a Gabriela Hearst overcoat, Bottega Veneta tank, Alexander McQueen leather trousers, cinched with a Balenciaga eyelet belt and accented by a Tom Wood chain necklace. Photo: Jon Gorrigan / Mr Porter

The featured clothing, with pieces like the Alexander McQueen leather trousers and the Bottega Veneta tank, mirrors the strength and versatility required of a male lead in ballet.

William Bracewell dons a Tom Ford shirt with Loewe jeans and Bottega Veneta boots, finished with a Tom Wood chain necklace and a Saint Laurent denim jacket for Mr Porter.Pin
William Bracewell dons a Tom Ford shirt with Loewe jeans and Bottega Veneta boots, finished with a Tom Wood chain necklace and a Saint Laurent denim jacket for Mr Porter. Photo: Jon Gorrigan / Mr Porter

As Bracewell contemplates life beyond dancing, he carries with him the physicality of his roles and the emotional and mental fortitude ballet has etched into his being.

Captured for Mr Porter, William Bracewell layers a Sacai bomber jacket over a Bottega Veneta striped shirt, paired with a Saint Laurent tie and a Tom Wood chain necklace.Pin
Captured for Mr Porter, William Bracewell layers a Sacai bomber jacket over a Bottega Veneta striped shirt, paired with a Saint Laurent tie and a Tom Wood chain necklace. Photo: Jon Gorrigan / Mr Porter

The photographs—whether he’s poised against the backdrop of rich curtains or lounging in a chair—speak of a man who moves with intention, whose every gesture is as deliberate as a choreographed piece, and whose attire is as much a part of his expression as his movements on stage.

For Mr Porter, William Bracewell presents a look featuring a Celine leather jacket, casual jeans, a silk-jacquard scarf, and a complementing leather belt.Pin
For Mr Porter, William Bracewell presents a look featuring a Celine leather jacket, casual jeans, a silk-jacquard scarf, and a complementing leather belt. Photo: Jon Gorrigan / Mr Porter

In a time when the pursuit of passion is often met with skepticism, Bracewell’s narrative is a powerful reminder of the beauty that comes from following one’s heart. It’s a story not just of dance but of life itself, choreographed not by tradition or expectation but by the pure, unyielding love of the art.


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