Sleeping Beauty Costumes Up Close

 The Sleeping Beauty is one of the big productions in any ballet company's rep. It was the ballet with which the The Royal Ballet reopened the Royal Opera House in 1946 after World War II, its first production at its new home in Covent Garden. I find this incredibly glamourous. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original 1946 staging was revived by then-Director Monica Mason and Christopher Newton. With the arrival of  Oliver Messel’s big designs and glittering costumes to the stage. The costumes are intricate and embellished which is much needed for this huge production.

  SLEEVE INSPIRATION...

Also a note on the sleeves of these costumes! Sleeves are huge this season , all over London, Milan and New York Fashion Weeks. The bigger and more flamboyant the better, I love it. You can get some great inspiration for street wear while watching beautiful ballet! 

Take a closer look...

Akane - Aurora  

Akane - Aurora  

Me, Olivia - Carabosse.  

Me, Olivia - Carabosse.  

Julia - Knitting Womam  

Julia - Knitting Womam  

Lettie - Cat

Lettie - Cat

Yasmine - Enchanted Garden Fairy

Yasmine - Enchanted Garden Fairy

Kristen - Queen

Kristen - Queen

Nicol - Wolf

Nicol - Wolf

Helen - Floristan  

Helen - Floristan  

Tom - Catalabutte 

Tom - Catalabutte 

Estelle - Lilac Fairy Assistant  

Estelle - Lilac Fairy Assistant  

Olivia ( me ) - Crystal Fountain Fairy  

Olivia ( me ) - Crystal Fountain Fairy  

Paul - Cat

Paul - Cat

Julia- Mazuka Guest  

Julia- Mazuka Guest  

Tristan - Golidlocks Prince  

Tristan - Golidlocks Prince  

Meg - Bluebird

Meg - Bluebird

Calvin & David - Mazuka Guests

Calvin & David - Mazuka Guests

Me - Duchess

Me - Duchess

Kristen and Al - Queen & King  

Kristen and Al - Queen & King  

Me - Floristan  

Me - Floristan  

Ro - Red Riding Hood  

Ro - Red Riding Hood  

Me - Aurora friend

Me - Aurora friend

Tierney - Beauty

Tierney - Beauty

Camille - Garland Lady

Camille - Garland Lady

Yas - Aurora in Act 3  

Yas - Aurora in Act 3  

I WILL BE ADDING MORE PHOTOS TO THIS BLOG BY THE END OF THE WEEK, SO COME BACK AND SEE MORE GREAT COSTUMES ..and sleeves !!! 

This Weeks Looks

DAY ONE 

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Bodywarmer - www.basilicadancewear.com

Waistband - Made by shoe elastic 

Sandals - From Japan

Shirt -  m.zara.com

 IN ACTION...  physio time

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 DAY TWO 

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Blue Skirt -  Made especially for me by @balletomoko (instagram) 

Hair Scarf - My mums from the 60s 

Lemon Top - www.marksandspencer.com

Pointe Shoes - dancer.com

Tights - dancer.com

 IN ACTION...  practicing 

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DAY THREE

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Tutu - My Own

Leotard -  dancexclusive.co.uk

Legwarmers -  www.balletto.com.

Pointe Shoes -  dancer.com

 IN ACTION...  stage rehearsal 

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DAY FOUR  

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Bottoms -  ellesport.co.uk

Hairband -  m2.hm.com

T Shirt -  www.urbanoutfitters.com

Pointe shoes  - dancer.com

 IN ACTION...  warming up before show

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DAY FIVE 

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Leotard - dancexclusive.co.uk

Bag -  labante.co.uk

Skirt - dancebylina.bigcartel.com

Calf Warmers -  uk.blochworld.com

 IN ACTION...between rehearsals 

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Woolf Works-Costumes up Close

An incredible ballet deserves incredible costumes and these designs are just that! The amazing designs by Moritz Junge, compliment each story perfectly well, given each story its identity. The gold costumes in 'Orlando' ( Woolf Works ll ),  men wearing big Elizabethan dresses, the ladies in their androgynous gold suits, are genius. I don't feel female or male, just a being. It makes you feel like a non-human dancing in space - unachored, unrestricted. Then there is 'The Waves' ( Woolf Works III ), muted, understated with use of fine netting and muslin, perfectly compliments the choreography and music. I particularly love the headdress the corps wear, simple yet effective. 

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Mara as  Mrs Dalloway/Virginia Woolf- Woolf Works I 

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Mayara as Young Sally - Woolf Works I 

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Ryo as Peter - Woolf Works I 

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Yuhui as Rezia - Woolf Works I 

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Yas as Young Clarissa - Woolf Works I 

David - Woolf Works II

David - Woolf Works II

Fernando - Woolf Works II

Fernando - Woolf Works II

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James and Alex - Woolf Works II

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Me - Woolf Works II

David & Yuhui - Woolf Works II

David & Yuhui - Woolf Works II

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Itzi - Woolf Works III

Isabella, Anna, Gina, Hannah, Jackie, Tierney, Lettie, Camille, Meg - Woolf Works III

Isabella, Anna, Gina, Hannah, Jackie, Tierney, Lettie, Camille, Meg - Woolf Works III

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Gem - Woolf Works III

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Blake, George and Jared - Woolf Works III

Dancers Rehab


Unsurprisingly the life of a dancer is very similar to that of an elite athlete - we get injuries! We are constantly pushing our bodies to the extreme, asking more and more each day. There are two major areas of concern in our daily lives as dancers: prevention and rehabilitation. Prevention happens alongside our daily schedule and can be as simple as 30 minutes general Pilates before class or an ice bath after a show.

In reality we tend to exist in an inbetween state where we're dealing with an ongoing 'niggle' that requires physiotherapy, ice and massage - it can be a bit dull so we usually kill two birds with one stone. Like now actually, I'm writing this while icing my calves! Constantly maintaining your body can make you feel really down at times. Especially after a show when all you to want do is go out, and celebrate, but know you need to ice bath if you want to be able to move the next day. It's just another part of a dancers life!

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Ashley having a lower leg ice bath. Great for inflammation and fatigue, really revives the area. 

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I'm having physio with Moira. One of the physios in our team.

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Akane is in the ice boot. This machine not only pumps cold but also has bouts of compression. Again great for inflammation. 

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Nicol is using the Compex machine. It promotes muscle activation. 

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Ben creating his own miniature knee pads for under tights. Stops bleeding when doing a big jump straight to your one knee.

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I'm in the 'Recovery Boots'. The have slight compression with warmth. They revive the legs and leave with you a nice tingly sensation like you just been in a hot bath for 4 hrs.  

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Ryo is killing two birds with one stone here. While using the Recovery boots he is also having some acupuncture on his back.  

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David is using a miniature ice bath for one foot. Incredibly intense but excellent for recovery. 

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Nats in an ice bath. Great for your legs after a hard show like 'Swan Lake', especially if you have another show or two the next day !

New Year Gym Gear.

Here's some inspiration for you to kick start the year not just for fitness but style too !

Eric Jumper-  www.nike.com Tracksuit Bottoms- www.bjornborg.com

Eric

Jumper-  www.nike.com

Tracksuit Bottoms- www.bjornborg.com

Gem Top - www.usapro.co.uk Leggings-  m2.hm.com Trainers -  http://m.nike.com

Gem

Top - www.usapro.co.uk

Leggings-  m2.hm.com

Trainers -  http://m.nike.com

Laura Top-  www.freddy.com Leggings- www.lululemon.co.uk

Laura

Top-  www.freddy.com

Leggings- www.lululemon.co.uk

Me Top and Leggings -www.pepperandmayne.com Tracksuit Bottoms -  m.hm.com Trainers-  www.newbalance.co.uk

Me

Top and Leggings -www.pepperandmayne.com

Tracksuit Bottoms -  m.hm.com

Trainers-  www.newbalance.co.uk

Tristan Top- www.urbanoutfitters.com Cap - www.nike.com Trainers - www.nike.com
Fumi Gillet - www.uniqlo.com Leggings - m.topshop.com

Fumi

Gillet - www.uniqlo.com

Leggings - m.topshop.com

Matt Top-  www.ellesse.com Trainers-  m.nike.com

Matt

Top-  www.ellesse.com

Trainers-  m.nike.com

Julia Leggings-  www.oysho.com Trainers-  m.nike.com

Julia

Leggings-  www.oysho.com

Trainers-  m.nike.com

Matt Top- dancers own Tracksuit bottoms -  m.adidas.co.uk

Matt

Top- dancers own

Tracksuit bottoms -  m.adidas.co.uk

Solomon Top-  m.primark.com Trainers -  m.nike.com

Solomon

Top-  m.primark.com

Trainers -  m.nike.com

Sian Zip up -  m.hm.com Leggings - m.hm.com Trainers -  m.nike.com

Sian

Zip up -  m.hm.com

Leggings - m.hm.com

Trainers -  m.nike.com

Lauren Leotard-  www.yumiko.com Shorts - m.primark.com Trainers-  www.asics.com

Lauren

Leotard-  www.yumiko.com

Shorts - m.primark.com

Trainers-  www.asics.com

I'm in Matching Tracksuit - www.bravesoul.es Trainers-  m.zara.com  

I'm in

Matching Tracksuit - www.bravesoul.es

Trainers-  m.zara.com

 

Akane Leotard -www.capezioeurope.com Onesie - www.freddy.com Trainers-  m.nike.com

Akane

Leotard -www.capezioeurope.com

Onesie - www.freddy.com

Trainers-  m.nike.com

Lettie  Shorts-  https://m.topshop.com

Lettie 

Shorts-  https://m.topshop.com

The Top Ballet Style Moments Of 2016 !

The A-Z of the most stylish moments in ballet from 2016 !

 

A. 

ANASTASIA COSTUMES

Opulent costumes, lavish and historically accurate. Designed by Bob Crowley. 

REECE, MATT, LAUREN, GEMMA, ASHLEY, KRISTEN, MARIKO, CHI.  

REECE, MATT, LAUREN, GEMMA, ASHLEY, KRISTEN, MARIKO, CHI.  

B. 

BALLET BUN

The classic ballet bun adds length to the neck. Keep it high with not too much spray to give that relaxed look. 

TIERNEY

TIERNEY

C. 

CHOREOGRAPHER - Wayne McGregor

Wayne McGregor's 10 year anniversary with the Royal Ballet. Had an incredible Triple Bill in November which included two old works Chroma and Carbon Life and a world Premier, Multiverse! 

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D. 

DRESSING ROOMS

Our sanctuary. A place that we not only use to get ready for a show but can also be converted to an office or a 'sewing station' ! 

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E. 

EAR CUFFS

My jewellery of choice this year. Adds an edge to a classical look and works especially  well with a sleek ballet bun.

 topshop.com

 asos.com

FRANKIE

FRANKIE

F. 

FRANKENSTEIN COSTUMES

Stunning costumes from Liam Scarlett's ballet 'Frankenstein'. There is incredible detail for every role, big or small, designed by John Macfarlan. 

FUMI,  SIAN, SARAH, KRISTEN. 

FUMI,  SIAN, SARAH, KRISTEN. 

G. 

GRAPHIC

Another big trend from the ballet studio this year were graphic designs on anything! Ballet skirts, leotards, tees. Not for the faint hearted.  

 www.elevedancewear.com

 dancexclusive.co.uk

LETTIE, HANNAH, CHI, NATS

LETTIE, HANNAH, CHI, NATS

H. 

HEAD DRESSES

Beautiful and can sometimes get lost on the big stage. Look out for my new blog coming soon focusing on headdresses! 

YASMINE, LAUREN, MEG, YUHUI.  

YASMINE, LAUREN, MEG, YUHUI.  

I.  

ICE MACHINE

Our saviour after a hard day at work and sadly not to make a mojito ! 

TEO, FUMI.  

TEO, FUMI.  

J.

JAPAN TOUR

A highlight this year was touring to Japan. The audiences were incredible and make us feel incredibly welcome. A big surprise for me was how many fans have heard of this website. I was incredibly touched and felt such warmth and support. Although the tour was incredibly tough on the body, it was a huge highlight of the year 

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K. 

KNACKERED SHOES

They are our instrument and I think they are the most stylish instrument out there! Thank you to all who donated for charity 'Alzheimers Society'. 

 www.alzheimers.org.uk

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L.  

Lancôme 

Best eye make-up  remover out there. Quite pricey but a real luxury after a heavy show. A simple wipe and it's all off! 

 www.lancome.co.uk

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M. 

MOTHERS

To new ballerina mums out there! They wear their bump with elegance, pride and style. 

 www.xiaoxiaonyc.com

 www.sweatybetty.com

LAURA, LARA, NATS

LAURA, LARA, NATS

N. 

NIKE 

Still up there as one of the top brands for dancers in the gym. I'm attracted to it's 70s take on the bomber jackets, they also come in gorgeous pastels colours. 

nike.com

ME, NICOL.  

ME, NICOL.  

O. 

ONESIES

They are still very popular in the ballet studio. Why? They are fun, keep you warm and incredibly comfortable. What more could you want!

 www.blochworld.com

ROMANY

ROMANY

P. 

PEPPER AND MAYNE

A brand I discovered this year 'Pepper and Mayne'  have a great selection of leotards and warm ups for studio wear. 

Also a mention to 'The Power Plate'. Love this machine and am on it every morning before ballet class!  

 www.pepperandmayne.com

 powerplate.com

ME.  

ME.  

Q. 

QUINOA

Personally can't stand the stuff but it trended big time this year. It has high amounts of protein which is important for dancers, and it's also rich in calcium and magnesium among other vitamins! 

 waitrose.com

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R. 

ROLLERS

A necessity for a dancer. Great for rolling out tight muscles, and also perfect for strengthening exercises. They also come in some great bright colours ! 

 www.mirafit.co.uk

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S. 

SKIRTS

The Ballet Skirt. So pretty and feminine, there have been some great brands pop up this season for some unusual skirts 

dancebylina.bigcartel.com www.designedbyalice.co.uk

LETTIE, HANNAH MEG, TIERNEY, LETTIE.

LETTIE, HANNAH MEG, TIERNEY, LETTIE.

T. 

TUTUS

You think of a Ballerina you think of a tutu!  

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U. 

UNIQLO

Officially has the best body warmers out there! They are light, come in some great colours, and are super warm!

www.uniqlo.com

FUMI, HIKARU, MICA.  

FUMI, HIKARU, MICA.  

V. 

VELVET

Not just popular on the runway in 2016 but also in the ballet studio too. What's great about velvet is that depedenant on your mood, you can make your look uber glamourous or very 90s grunge. 

 

HELEN

HELEN

W. 

WEDDING STYLE

A lot of wonderful weddings this year which came with a whole lot of style not just from the beautiful bride but the guests too !

KRISTEN & BRADLEY, EMMA JANE , SEVEN & LIZZIE

KRISTEN & BRADLEY, EMMA JANE , SEVEN & LIZZIE

X. 

THE X FACTOR COUPLE

This year goes to Steven McRae and Natalia Osipova in Ashton's 'Rhapsody'.  

The shows were incredibly exciting and brought not just excitement to the audience but also to us dancers in the wings.  

NAT & STEVEN.  

NAT & STEVEN.  

Y. 

YOGHURT

Don't underestimate the 'yoghurt'. Dancers love them, and they are still the number one choice for a quick snack. You see us munching away on the side of the studio.  Depending on which type you go for, they can be full of protein, which is crucial for muscle repair. I'm obsssessed with Alpro's Soya 'Go On'.  

 www.alpro.com

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Z. 

ZARA

The high street store of the year for ballerinas!

 zara.com

SIAN, GINA, FRANKIE, TINA

SIAN, GINA, FRANKIE, TINA

Hope you liked this post, please share and here's to 2017 !!

 Happy New Year 

OLIVIA x

The Bandana

Mini Trend

So the mini trend for gentlemen in the ballet studio this week is the good old fashioned bandana ! I love a bandana on a man it pulls back the hair, for practical reasons but also you can see the face, especially needed for acting parts in ballets. I also think it looks incredibly 80s balletic in a very masculine way! Think it's time we take those bandanas out of the dance studio and give it a try in the outside world, what do you say gents?!?! 

Tristan Headband-  www.lululemon.co.uk

Tristan

Headband-  www.lululemon.co.uk

David Bandana-  Unknown 

David

Bandana-  Unknown 

Fernando   Bandana -  From Columbia 

Fernando  

Bandana -  From Columbia 

Valentino Bandana - unknown 

Valentino

Bandana - unknown 

Luca Bandana- From Japan

Luca

Bandana- From Japan

Matt Bandana - m.nike.com

Matt

Bandana - m.nike.com

Ben Headband - it's actually shoe elastic that Ben creatively made! 

Ben

Headband - it's actually shoe elastic that Ben creatively made! 

Leo Headband- made by cutting some old ballet tights!

Leo

Headband- made by cutting some old ballet tights!

Matt Bandana - unknown 

Matt

Bandana - unknown