Directed by Darren Arnofsky, Black Swan is a psychological thriller set in New York City’s dance scene. While the film tells an exhilarating story of dancer rivalry, it’s really the fashion that takes centre stage. All 40-plus couture ballet costumes were designed in signature sinister Rodarte style.
For those of you who don’t have the Mulleavy sisters on speed dial, we’ll bring you prima ballerina style inspiration. This flick has inspired us to reach for delicate, pretty neutrals, lace, corsets and fluffy skirts. Toss in a current fresh, neutral face and simple ballerina bun, and you’ll be mistaken for one of the corps de ballet. Whether you are looking to seriously splurge or score a save, we have the right Black Swan fashion option for you.
The Ballerina Dress
Serious Splurge: Dazzle the crowd in Marchesa’s One-Shoulder Feather Skirt Embroidered Mini-Dress ($6,600). This show-stopping nude corset dress is covered in gauzy black rose lace, and has a full, fluttering feather skirt with floaty net tulle. Glam it up in this one-shoulder dress, and steal the show from the opening number to the final curtain call.
Score a Save: Dancer or not, Rare’s Opulence Corset Ballet Net Dress ($176) will have you looking every bit a graceful ballerina. The black-boned corset top (with underwire cups) meets layers of nude ruffles and fastens with a back zip closure. For a look that is all ballet chic, pirouette away in this tutu dress, available at ASOS.
Serious Splurge: Wear Rosamosario’s ($605) nude corset with black lace overlay for a look that is both strikingly different and daringly Gothic. Trimmed in black satin with a sweetheart neckline, the Rosamosario corset has internal boning and padded cups. Lace up the rose satin bow back for a fitted feminine silhouette.
Score a Save: Hit the ballet barre in Bebe’s Silk Corset Bustier ($89), decorated with delicate lace embroidery. This satin-lined corset with a sweetheart neckline in blushing bride has supportive boning and an adjustable back. For a complete ballerina look, tie the corset bustier with a slightly padded bust, and knot your hair in a messy dancer bun.
The Ballet Flat
Serious Splurge: Miu Miu’s Embellished Velvet Ballerina Flats ($403) are decorated with Swarovski crystals and a chic black bow. Shine as you dance the night away in these sparkly elastic-back ballerina flats.
Score a Save: Slip on Versus’s Oversize Gem Embellished Pumps ($34) with a delicate bow and giant jewels. Sparkle with every step in these ballet flats, available in Topshop stores and online. Wear these flats and you’ll be Swan Lake-ready.