I tried to be cute and create my own portmanteau from ballet and inspiration…but it kind of didn’t work. Nevermind, let’s gloss over the name of the blogpost! Ballet seems to be having a bit of a moment in popular culture right now, inspiring designers and musicians alike. I’m sure everyone has heard of The Black Swan, buzz about the movie is reaching fever pitch. Everything from the plot, Natalie Portman’s performance and the Rodarte-designed costumes are whipping everyone up into a frenzy. I love Rodarte because the Mulleavy sisters just seem so starkly different to the rest of the fashion world and just seemed to stumble upon the formula for a brand which has enchanted the fashion world. The story behind how they got involved in the film is typical Rodarte – Natalie Portman is a huge fan and introduced the sisters to the film’s director Darren Aronofsky which led to a commission for 40 costumes. Most of these are in the Swan Lake performance but they also created knitwear, legwarmers, leotards and wrap over cardigans too. 

Many others are also being inspired by ballet, I posted last month about Kinder Aggugini’s collaboration with the English National Ballet which was utterly gorgeous and Kanye West has fused ballet with hiphop in his stunning video for Runaway. I used to love ballet as a child, I got up to grade 5 doing pointe work before giving it up and I’ve regretted it for a while. But seeing the trailers, costumes and music videos has really reignited my passion. So much so that I shall be resuming classes in a couple of weeks time…! Here’s the trailer to The Black Swan as well as sneak peeks of the outfits and sketches. Kanye’s video is at the end. 

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. Becky Regina
    January 5, 2011 / 11:01 am

    I can't wait to watch The Black Swan ! The trailer looks awesome . Haha

  2. Anonymous
    January 5, 2011 / 3:14 pm

    I love the sketches you've included here, having seen the movie I thought the costumes were amazing… How fantastic you're going back to ballet (and what are you going to wear to the classes?!)

  3. lady sélénite
    January 5, 2011 / 3:15 pm

    I really want to see this film ! Must wait until febuary ! I love the kanye west "runaway", poetic and dreaming !

  4. FashionLifeCoach
    January 6, 2011 / 1:24 pm

    Great images. I was writing lately about the ballerina trend topic as well. If you fancy to read it, here is the link Ballerina, FashionLifeCoach

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