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Archive for February, 2011

Black Swan makeover

One of the most striking things about the Black Swan film apart from Natalie Portman’s Oscar worthy acting was her makeup in the final scenes. Heledd Williams recreated the look and transformed me into the black swan in the flash of an eyeliner. See the photos and how she did it here.


Update: More ballet inspired fashion

Raising the fashion barre: This spring everything from shoes to make up will be influenced by ballet.

Following my previous blog about ballet inspired fashion, the trend has gone crazy. So here is an update with even more ballet fashion.

Coast has some beautiful ballet dresses, perfect for summer weddings

The S/S 2011 catwalks told us that ballet dresses and skirts were on the horizon but the ballet inspiration has gone into overdrive, affecting everything from sports wear to make up. Pastel pinks, peaches and creams are the colours to be seen in and channelling ballet warm up gear is the new cool. Topshop ia already ahead of the game with some great ballet warmer inspired cardigans…

This season ASOS are stocking ballet label Bloch and have lots of own brand floaty and feminine blouses and skater dresses. Reiss has some to die for skater style dresses and Warehouse’s new season is inundated with ballerina pinks and chiffon tops. (see below)

If you are more of an ‘Odile’ (black swan) than an ‘Odette’ (white swan), then fear not. There is plenty of edgy ballet wear out there. Both Gipsy and Wolford have funky, black ballet-esque tights and there is an abundance of black lace pieces on the high street.

The top looks:

1) Tutu and skater skirts

2) Buns – low, high and plaited.

3) Wrap cardigans

4) Pastel make up

5) Elegant sportswear: Sweaty Betty has catsuits and floral lace patterned camisole vests this season and their yoga and pilates collection draws inspiration from the ballet colour palette.

6) Ballet flats: Chloé’s entire s/s collection is a cornucopia of ballet inspired pieces and is the place to go for luxurious ballet pumps.

Diaghilev Discovered: Ballet history unearthed

A unique video of The Ballet Russes has been discovered 83 years after it was recorded. The incredible find is the only known recording of the world famous ballet company, as Diaghilev famously refused to allow his company to be filmed.

The 1928 film of the company rehearsing Les Sylphides was discovered in the British Pathe online archive by a member of the London Ballet Circle with a very keen eye. The film had been mislabelled. It is believed to have been filmed at the June 1928 festival ‘Fetes de Narcisses’ in Montreaux, Switzerland. In the clip dancer Serge Lifar, plays the lead role.

Although it only lasts for a grainy 30 seconds, the video is of paramount importance in the ballet world. Diaghilev was the founder of modern ballet and his company is famed for breaking the boundaries of romantic ballet and invigorating the ballet world. Diaghilev worked with avant-garde artists such as Natalia Goncharova and composers such as Prokofiev to move ballet away from the preserve of the aristocracy to the general public.

Modern ballet companies and ballet enthusiasts have a lot to thank Diaghilev for, so being able to see his company in action is an extremely rare treat.

See the BBC’s video here.

See British Pathe’s original recording here.