En pointe! Ever since Cheryl Cole dug out a tutu for last year's Promise This video (neatly coinciding with V&A's Ballet Russes exhibition) ballet has been in first position. But dance fever reached a new pitch this month with the release of Black Swan. Starring Natalie Portman as a troubled prima ballerina, Darren Aronofsky's spooky thriller has got us all in a spin — not least its stunning costumes by New York fashion duo Rodarte.
The trend isn't A-list exclusive, though. Recently eBay has reported a 160% spike in sales of 'ballet accessories', from bun nets to point shoes. Dance is even infiltrating fragrance, with perfumer Roja Dove creating new scent Diaghilev in honour of the Ballet Russes. For those intent on a dancer's body, balletic gym classes such as Ballesque (a hybrid of ballet and burlesque) and Pure Barre are also big news — while Madonna is said to be hooked on Barre3, a vigorous, balletic workout.
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