The recent article in Vogue about Maria Grazia's ballet costume designs got me thinking about the ballet for inspiration. Although the costumes are not wedding dresses, and certainly wouldn't be something most of us would choose to wear on our wedding day, there are details, embellishments and silhouettes that could provide some fantastic inspiration, making it a change from looking at bridal designers, the catwalk, and historical wedding dresses.
I won't pretend I know much about the ballet, as I really don't , but I do love to look at the costumes, and have picked out a few to share that I think could be a bit of nice inspiration if you're choosing what to wear for your own wedding.
The "Nuit Blanche" premiered at Teatro Dell’Opera in Rome. Designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri of Dior. The designs are made up of layers of soft tulle and floral embroidery. Whilst the designs might be a bit extreme, and with the exception of the principle dancer the colours are not very 'traditionally bridal', there's some beautiful inspiration in these costumes.
In more 'traditionally bridal' colours this dress is delicate and could easily translate into bridalwear.
It's impossible to research ballet costumes without this wonderful image of Anna Pavlova, taken in 1905 popping up again and again. She danced 'The dying swan' thousands of times, and this costume is just beautiful. It's amazing how in over a century, ballet costumes have not really changed very much at all.
And then I have to move on to Swan Lake. Even if you don't want to go to the ballet, it's a pleasure to watch Natalie Portman in Black Swan, where the costumes are outstanding. These photo's however, are from the Swan Lake production at the London Coliseum. I love their simplicity.
Unfortunately I can't find a more detailed picture of these exquisite costumes from Sleeping Beauty performed by the Royal Ballet, but I just love them. I love the subtle use of colour, and the wonderful neckline.
To stay with Sleeping Beauty, I also wanted to share this lovely costume from the Dutch National Opera and Ballet performance.
I have to end with my favourites, costumes from various performances of the Nutcracker. Above is taken from the performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London last christmas. The delicate skirts are just adorable.
Absolutely stunning Sugar Plum Fairies and Marzipan Shepherdesses at the New York City Ballet. I love this look for a Christmas wedding, and why not hire a snow machine!
Nao Sakuma dances as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Birmingham Royal Ballet's performance. The colours on this tutu are subtle, and just beautiful.
I'll end on this absolutely divine costume worn by Celine Gittens as she dances in the Birmingham Royal Ballet as Rose Fairy.
If you have any favourites I've not included I'd love you to share them with me. And if this has inspired you for a ballet style wedding dress, I'd definitely love to hear from you.