Right before Christmas my boyfriend and I went to see The Nutcracker performed by the New York City ballet at Lincoln Center. I used to dance as a little girl and always dreamed of seeing this performance around the Holidays in New York— well my dream came true and we loved the performance, but for me, I especially adored the costumes. It got me to thinking about ballet’s influence on fashion and vice versa. In the collage above: Dujour Magazine: Such a Cheeky Life: Ballerinas, Natalie Portman in Black Swan, A Rodarte sketch for the film, Dujour magazine, Chanel S/S 2010
At one point in my life I wanted to design costumes for opera and film. One summer I interned for Rafael Jaen, the costume design professor at Emerson College, where he was designing all of the costumes for Boston’s Shakespeare & Company’s summer play series. I adored my professor and owe a lot to him, but I quickly realized I was more drawn to fashion design, though I still think it would be amazing to create some pieces for opera or film…
“The film “Black Swan” both reflects — and anticipates — a trend in the making, its multilayered tutus, feathers and cobwebby knits attesting to a shift in the fashion wind. Left, Natalie Portman’s character in one of the customes designed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. Right, one of the designers’ sketches." Credit: Niko Tavernise/Fox Searchlight Pictures; Rodarte, via Associated Press (The New York Times)
Has anyone seen Black Swan? I’ve heard mixed reviews but I will see it when it’s out on dvd— if not only to see the costumes by Rodarte! I know we have a lot of costume designers in the BurdaStyle community, do you see an influence of ballet in fashion or vice versa?
For Chanel’s S/S 2011 runway show, Karl Lagerfeld explored dark and light, naughty and nice with ballerina-inspired dresses of tulle and chiffon; right, another Rodarte sketch. Credit: Niko Tavernise/Fox Searchlight Pictures; Rodarte, via Associated Press (The New York Times)
More looks from Chanel’s S/S 2011 runway show
The Amsterdam-based art school heroes Viktor & Rolf moonlighted as costume designers at Baden-Baden’s opera house. Last May, they dressed Carl Maria von Weber’s Romantic fairytale Der Freischÿtz. Vibrant costumes adorned with mountains of Swarovski crystals competed with clean, white costumes. W magazine
Lanvin’s S/S 2011 runway show’s models and gowns looked like floating ballerinas
In 1994 Vanessa Leyonhjelm embodied the 90s deconstructionist movement by creating a convention-bending line of costumes for The Australian Ballet’s Divergence. Tutus were made out of the mesh from air-conditioning ducts and were sent to an automotive painter to stain them black. Her designs resonated, zeitgeist-like, with Gaultier’s cones for Madonna when she turned car upholstery into breastplates and fashioned a breathtaking female shape." Photo Credit: BehindBallet.com
Liz Goldwyn’s Underwater Ballet: The director of Pretty Things, a burlesque documentary, turns her lens on the Juan Carlos Obando-clad ballerina Deanna Beasom.