Black Tutus are "a thing"... but only when matched to a gorgeously designed and fitted corset.
And when they're made of at least 20 meters of tulle. It's what makes them fluffy, you know. Personally, I knew nothing about tutus except that this one photographed beautifully. But during the course of the day, I discovered some interesting things about corsets and tutus....
First of all, not all tutus are created equal. There are many different types of tulle, some are soft, some are hard and stiff. Nylon tulle looks cheap and nasty (but it's great for kids and goes in the washer!), while silk tulle is soft and airy and feels like a dream.
In a well-designed tutu, the layers are cut to maximize "the fluff"(here are my technical terms in all their glory), and the quality of the silk makes it move the way it should.
But what amazed me most are the corsets....
All corsets are most definitely NOT created equal! In everyone's mind, corsets are linked to pulling, squeezing, and uncomfortable pain. Even if we never tried one on, we KNOW that's they way they work. NOT SO! Or, more correctly, not so when they're made properly!
The internet is full of chinese-made cheap corsets, which are a total pain to wear and are (rightly) only used for photo sessions. But a well made, fitted corset is actually COMFORTABLE! And let me say... who wouldn't want to wear a gorgeous AND comfortable thing like that? Our beautiful model just didn't want to take it off...
If you're considering a corset, maybe as part of a glamorous evening gown or a wedding dress, make sure it's made by a professional corset-maker. You'll wear it for years, it can adapt to your body, and you'll feel like a million dollars every time you wear it. And you will dance the night away... and be the most comfortable girl in the room :)
Now, about your shoes.... ;-)
Our team of experts:
The corset and tutu were made by Gwen McGuirk, a fashion and costume designer who really knows what she's doing here :)
Flawless makeup and hairstyle by Sandra Strele looked perfect and right on point (see what I did there? ha!)
The Golden Cage is the way your luggage is carried around at the Grand Hotel Europa in Innsbruck, and the impromptu entertainment for a company of Korean tourists who all went home with a picture of our Swan in their phones and iPads.
The Swan is Rebecca Brenna, who despite the flock of Koreans didn't lose her composure one bit, and showed everyone just what wearing the right corset does to you :)
Is a Swan hiding inside you?