Black Swan


Another {BLACK SWAN} in the workshop! The green/black iridescent hackle feathers are particularly beautiful, set against the variety of blacks in the tulle and bodice, but be warned, they are not easy to sew into a project!

All the ornamentation is applied by hand. The feather “wing” extensions are individually graded, controlled onto a ribbon length, than bound and sewn down. Bloody fingers ensue!

The larger jewels are hand-wrapped in tulles which are dyed to “colored” black shades. The settings for the jewels are enameled in black.

These tutu's always take an extraordinary amount of time, which translates into labour... and quite a bit of that is hand-sewing and finishing work, around 80 hours of labour for that alone. Swarovsky crystals, vintage iridescent sequins, black glass jet beads and wrapped jewels are hand sewn onto the venice lace motifs, which are hand sewn onto the bodice and basque before the embellishing begins.

The ballet costume includes a 3 layer Silk-dupioni boned bodice, with lace-up back closure, a classical hooped net and tulle tutu skirt with silk basque and “hip- wings”. Since it is custom made, it is sized to specific proportions. For those who want to wear this as a costume, I would advise them that it is a real ballet tutu. The skirt is standardly short and stiff, shows off all the leg and thighs and presents some difficulty when sitting or getting through some doorways. No slouching in this and you cannot relax your hands down by your side!

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