BLACK SWAN COSTUME DESIGN – 2011 FASHION INFLUENCE
Having hit theaters at the beginning of the year, Darren Aronofsky’s masterpiece Black Swan – starring the exceptionally talented Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis – not only made enchanting viewing but sent literal rattles through the clothing rails.
The costumes worn by the two leading ladies were designed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.
The juxstaposed tension between the two characters, which were each representing the opposite sides to a personality, was explored with virginal whites and dusky pinks alongside sultry black iniquity. Innocence versus troubled perversity.
The film had an intense storyline and explored an extremely incisive array of emotions, leaving us fashion-fanatics knowing that this cinematic masterpiece would not only leave an impression on film critics and earn it several awards but would leave an inevitable influence on catwalk trends yet to come.
Swiftly after release, as predicted, the high fashion houses graced the catwalk with balletic silhoettes from designers such as David Koma; shredded fabrics and delicate silk plumes were in Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Spring Ready-to-Wear. Layers of feathers creating a surrealistically avian theme were present in Sarah Burton’s debut collection for Alexander Mcqueen.
Designers such as Vera Wang, Jason Wu and Zac Posen incorporated severity versus softness throughout their designs and in their spring collection, along with stylists, reassuring high street shoppers that their favourite brands would have no difficulty keeping them on trend for half the price.
High street names such as River Island, Lipsy and Topshop have had dresses for sale that follow a dominant theme of multilayered tutus, embellished bodices and have dabbled into a ‘play-it-safe’ sugary coloured pallete so as to not take the Black Swan theme too far and end up looking anything borderline ‘demented ballerina’.
Soft tones are the best way to subtly introduce this ballet-inspired trend without over-doing the look and whether you’re going all out with a frock or want a pair of officewear suited ballet pumps, this trend oozes delicate versatility.