Tutus go High Fashion
Giles Deacon and Moschino are among those creating tutus for the National English Ballet.
Rodarte might have missed out on a costume credit for the tutus they created for Black Swan, but other designers have found a way to cash in on fashion's ballet obsession. Giles Deacon, Erdem, House of Worth, Roksanda Ilincic, Julien Macdonald and Moschino are among the top fashion names collaborating with the National English Ballet by each designing a unique version of ballet's traditional costume piece.
Fashion and ballet have always seemed to bond over more than just a mutual love of skinny adolescents ? in 2009, Karl Lagerfeld designed a Chanel tutu for ballerina Elena Glurdjidze to wear in The Dying Swan. Lagerfeld's design took three seamstresses over 100 hours to create and used 2500 feathers. The tutus in question won't actually be worn during any performances, instead being showcased through a catwalk show where guests can bid for them in a silent auction using iPads supplied by the event. It's probably a good thing that there won't be any dancing, however. Christian Louboutin is designing the footwear, and the combination of pirouettes and five-inch stilettos would probably be a whole lot more gut-churning than Natalie Portman's bloody toenail.
And just to end on a less gruesome note, here is a picture of a young Kate Moss wearing a tutu:
Words: Hannah Ongley