Bridal ballet fashion

Style your wedding with a nod to Hollywood's Black Swan this season

Chiffon chic

Ballet chic is set to be huge through spring and summer 2011. Black Swan has already won a Golden Globes Award for leading lady Natalie Portman (pictured). Next up is The Adjustment Bureau – about the love affair between a ballerina (Emily Blunt) and a politician. Chiffon chic is so here to stay…


Queen of the faeries

Imagine yourself floating down the aisle in this delicate number with attitude from Martin Charles Couture. With a trailing bouquet and flowers in your hair, Titania eat your heart out!

Pirouette your way to ‘I do’

Reem Acra showed this breathtaking bridal gown in the Fall 2011 collection. From its cinched –in ivory waist-ribbon to daring jagged hemline, wouldn’t it be just the perfect way to pirouette your way to ‘I do’?

Corps de ballet

Planning to channel the Darcey Bussell look for your bridesmaids too? This flattering ribbon-dot dress from Bonsui adds a touch of elegance, with its dropped waist and hip-tie. Picture it with pale tights and ballet pumps for younger ‘maids and voila, you’ve got your own corps de ballet.

Guest elegance

Also from Bonsui , this bow-line dress (£83) will put you right en pointe between prim and elegant for a summer wedding. Tuck your hair into a chic chignon, slip into a pair of long gloves and plain pale heels, to get right on trend for a modern-day Margot Fonteyn.

Belle of the ballet

You’ll set the dancefloor on fire when you take a whirl in this Jigsaw prom dress (£295) with taffeta underskirts. Perfect for the casual bride or as a bridesmaid’s gown, grab a simple bouquet of oh-so-2011 hydrangeas for the prima ballerina slot on your wedding day.

Fancy nancy

Danni Minogue took a fancy to this Jarlo Nancy butterfly tea dress – choosing the black version. But we think the rose pink (£60) would be perfect for a spring or summer wedding. Plunge neck too daring? Slip on a nude camisole underneath to spare your blushes, and top with a pale ballet-style wrapover to keep away the chills.

Princess principle

Guest to impress. This sheer gauze frock screams understated luxury and could well be THE perfect outfit for city and country weddings this season. Add the finest denier tights, vanilla heels and clutch to set everyone wondering ‘who’s that girl?’ on the big day. Bonsui, £105.

Swan song

Had enough of pale pink yet? We couldn’t resist this delicate Degas-inspired shift dress, also from Bonsui £83. Imagine a gaggle of simply clad bridesmaids surrounding your swan. Beautiful!

Hello, kitty

For a real Black Swan look, this noir layered Kitty ruffle skirt with diamante bow belt is too good to be tutu. With a black body suit, cropped jacket and a pair of chunky platforms or ankle boots, you’ll be channelling ballet babe all the way to the dancefloor. Jarlo, £48.


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