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Boring I Know, But I Have Black Swan Fever…

February 9, 2011

Do I really need to discuss why Black Swan was such a prodigious visual experience? Or why Aronofsky is our generation’s directorial hero? No? Ok, great because I’m tired and other than tossing in a few fancy words, can’t be bothered to type.

Here are some of my favourite lyrics from A Chorus Line’s  “At The Ballet”:

“But everything was beautiful at the ballet.
Graceful men lift lovely girls in white.
Yes, everything was beautiful at ballet.
Hey! I was happy… at the ballet.
That’s why I started class…”

Here, along with the rest of the blogosphere are some images that I just had to share in light of my eternal love for all things ballet.


chloe_hannah_macgibbon_ss11Chloe SS11

sam_haskins_balletthis is one of my all time favourite images. I still don’t know the photographer or where it came from…

I want to say Avedon? or Newton but I’m not sure ballet was his thing…



pina_bauschchoreographed by Pina Bausch who’s work never fails to make me sob

alice_rosatishot by Alice Rosati

paolo_roversi_april_1986_ballet1986 Paolo Roversi

txema_yesteshot by Txema Yeste

rodarte_lula_magazineI’d definitely choose to dance in this Rodarte number

zac_posen_james_bortor maybe this Zac Posen piece shot by James Bort


this Comme Des Garcons collection always reminds me of dance

Kate Mulleavy’s sketch for Black Swan

could this 1986 Arthur Elgort image have inspired Hannah MacGibbon’s Chloe collection (below)?

Tim Walker for Vogue Italia


shot by Thomas Vermeer

shot by Meisel

shot by Sam Haskins

hadthe sexiness of this image kills me – shot by Caroline Arber

had to toss in a bit of Flashdance…

dancer Masumi Saito

Pina Bausch making me cry again…

1981 Snowdon

1984 Sheila Metzner

and on a final note, never forget to:

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2011 12:05 am

    Totally brilliant film. You’ve got some awesome images there… I really like the Meisel

  2. February 10, 2011 2:39 am

    I always cry when I see ballet or ballet movies. When I was little I wanted to be a ballet dancer more than anything but my family couldn’t afford it. It still takes my breath away. Lovely images <3

  3. RaRa permalink
    February 10, 2011 12:04 pm

    stunning stunning stunning stunning

  4. February 10, 2011 1:11 pm

    I thought it was good- it really does reel you in- but I honestly couldn’t get the MASSIVE hype around Natalie Portman getting skinny and looking stricken in what was (from my PoV) Perfect Blue and The Red Shoes tossed together.

    I love your image selection, though. That Rodarte collection of 08-09 was the one that really made me fall head over heels for them, and their costumes for Black Swan were lovely.

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