Courtesy of Niko Tavernise/Fox Searchlight Pictures (left); Courtesy of Robert Mitra (right)
The performances of Natalie Portman and Vincent Cassel in Black Swan may have garnered the adulation of the film critics, but it's the spectacular visual feast of tulle and tutus that will have brides clamoring for ballerina-inspired wedding looks for the most important role of their lives.
This season, some of the most memorable bridal designs channel Swan Lake, with dresses featuring corset tops, big tulle skirts, and feather accents. Designers such as Randi Rahm—who named one dress "Odette" after the white swan in Tchaikovsky's famous ballet—and Vera Wang—whose dresses showcase enormous, flowy, light-as-air skirts and tight bodices—allow a bride to live out her ballerina fantasy.
The best part about this style of dress is that it's forgiving to most figures. The corset creates a cinched waist and accentuates beautiful shoulders, while the skirt covers a bottom half that just might fall short of a dancer's physique.
—Millie Martini Bratten, BRIDES magazine