Have you recovered after seeing The Black Swan yet? No, I’m not sure I have either! For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s an Oscar-nominated psychological thriller (verging on twisted horror), based on a ballerina’s rise to become Swan Queen in Swan Lake.
Natalie Portman in THE Black Tutu Credit: The Telegraph
The drama surrounding the costume design has been heavily discussed since the film’s Oscar nomination for best costume design. The use of costumes, by various designers rather than just one, means that Amy Wescott would, controversially, receive the Award rather than Rodarte, aka Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who created forty costumes for the film, including the black tutu featured on the official poster.
Original Drawing by Kate Mulleavy for Rodarte Credit: The Telegraph
Nevertheless, I found the costumes truly inspiring. From the leotards and wraparound cardigans, to the feather embellished tutus and tiaras. It’s what every little girl dreams of and has now filtered into mainstream fashion.
I found myself eyeing up a ‘strap detail body’ from ASOS a few days ago, and ended up buying it in both black and pale pink (it’s surprisingly flattering)! Paired with a black tutu skirt I bought 5 years in H+M, I feel every inch the ballerina. For a more wearable look, team with jeans, ballet pumps and a cardigan for a subtle hint of the trend.
Strap Detail Body at ASOS
Was £15 now £12
Other ballet inspired pieces include:
Lipsy Tutu Skirt Ballet Slip Dress at ASOS
Was £70 now £31.50
ASOS Asymmetric Hem Tutu Skirt (also available in the CURVE range)
Was £34 now £21
One Teaspoon Leather Bandeau Tutu Dress at ASOS
Was £230 now £161
Vibrant Ballet Pumps (In a range of colours) at Topshop
Frilly Tutu Skirt at Topshop
Glamour magazine has also noticed this trend and included a feature, which has some great pieces including this one:
Tutu Strapless Dress at Rare Opulence
MovieScope magazine has a great article on the costumes featured.
The Ballet Blog also has an excellent interview with costume designer Amy Wescott.
Whether you were traumatised or enthused by The Black Swan, don your ballet flats, tutu and leotard, and you’ll embrace your inner ballerina. Girly, graceful and elegant, I hope this trend is here to stay!