Some of y’all know this, but I love ballet. I love it to a borderline obsessive degree. If my body had been on board with my dreams it’s what I’d want to be doing with my life.
One of the things I love most about lingerie is that it can be a way to express parts of you or share things you love in a way that your everyday wardrobe (you know, corporate job/uniform/scrubs/suit/jeans etc.) might not let you. It can also give you a chance to indulge in a little fantasy.
This year I want to handle gift guides a little differently: I’ve created looks from some of my favorite designers’ holiday collections that evoke four of the major Classical story ballets. Each editorial will be followed by a gift guide full of even more beautiful pieces in a wide range of prices and sizes to help you channel your inner ballerina. I hope you enjoy!
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Once upon a time, an evil sorcerer transformed a princess into a white swan. She could only become human again by the light of the moon, and only a vow of love, faithful and true, could break the curse.
A prince went hunting on the eve of his birthday and became lost in the woods. He tracked a brilliant white swan across the sky to a vast lake near the sorcerer’s castle. He watched in astonishment as the Swan and her flock were transformed into maidens in the moonlight. The Swan was frightened when she saw him, but the prince cast his bow aside and vowed to break the curse. The Swan asked him to swear an oath of loyalty, and he pledged his troth. As the night faded and the sun rose over the lake, the princess and maidens became swans once more.
The next night, a grand ball was held at the castle in honor of the prince’s birthday. Princesses from distant lands came to meet the prince so that he could choose one of them to be his bride. Last of all came a mysterious woman, dressed all in black, on the arm of a commanding stranger.
The woman looked so much like the Swan that the prince was entranced. They danced together all night long, and at midnight she asked him to pledge his loyalty to her. Believing her to be the Swan, he willingly made the vow, and immediately the sky turned black and thunder crashed. He discovered to his horror that the woman was the sorcerer’s daughter, Odile, in disguise, and that he had betrayed the Swan.
Appalled by what he had done, the prince returned to the lake, as the storm sent waves crashing over the bank. The Swan was grief-stricken, and the prince threw himself at her feet and begged her forgiveness. The sorcerer appeared in triumph, and the prince challenged him to a duel, hoping to break the curse. The enchanter laughed, and revealed that now only death would free the princess from the spell. The Swan saw that all hope was lost and threw herself into the lake, and the prince, distraught and heartbroken, followed her to his death. The sorcerer’s power was broken, and he collapsed, defeated, by the side of the water. The curse was lifted, and the other swans became maidens once more in the light of the rising sun.
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Bra and brief: Amelie by Lulu Tout. Available in sizes 30-34 D-H, 36-38 D-G (UK), 8-18 (UK)
Kimono: Augusta Scarlet by Harlow & Fox (borrowed). Available in sizes Small, Medium, Large
Holdups: Pink bowed holdups by Bluebella (c/o). Available in sizes S-XL.
Raven feather shoulder clips: Hips and Curves (sold out). Similar by Rouge Pony via Etsy.
Photos: Lydia Hudgens Photography
Flowers: Mimosa Floral Design