Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rodarte's Black Swan

I finally saw Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan at the cinemas lat night. I'm not going to lie, I went to see it was purely for the Rodarte costuming (for which the designers are not even eligible for credit should the film win an any 'best costume' awards, but that's another story). Simply put, the costumes are amazing. Not only to look at, but because they play such an integral part within the storyline itself, and if I say much more the appeal will be lost so you'll just have to see it for yourself!

The Mulleavy sisters, Kate and Laura, have always had ballet, but in dark, theatrical ways, running through their collections, so the pairing was almost too good to be true. Apart from designing every single ballet costume, main star Natalie Portman was almost exclusively outfitted by the duo. She even (unsurprisingly) stepped out in custom-made Rodarte in Venice last year, where the film opened the festival. Funnily enough, it wasn't until I saw Natalie's character, Nina, appear in a floor-length white tulle gown, with trademark criss-crossing detail, and a cobwebbed sweater in one of her many intense rehearsals, that I suddenly remembered my underlying motive for being there. If this isn't testament to me being captured by the storyline, I don't know what is. 

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  1. i fell in love with her costumes straight away.
    they made me want to wear a tutu every day for the rest of my life! ahah.
    the rodarte girls are geniuses. x.

  2. I can´t wait to see it! great post!

  3. I still can't believe I haven't seen it yet.