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The Secrets of Natalie Portman's 'Black Swan' Rodarte Tutu -- Flaws and All!

10/26/2010 at 06:30 PM ET

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Natalie Portman may have glided with ease across the stage for her role as a prima ballerina in the upcoming ballet thriller Black Swan, but it turns out that it was the team behind her tutus that were put to the real challenge! While becoming the first fashion designers to covet a National Art Award from Americans for the Arts recently, Rodarte’s Laura and Kate Mulleavy explained to nymag.com the challenges of creating the intricate costumes for the film. “A tutu is 13 layers of tulle sticking straight out and then it’s over the body, so you can imagine. It’s crazy!” said Laura, who had only seen a ballet costume up close once before the film. The sister-act was introduced to the film’s director, Darren Aronofsky, by Portman–a longtime Rodarte lover–and after that, were brought on board to create looks for the film’s Swan Lake performance. “Building a tutu is one of the lost couture arts. Everyone will know it’s like getting your hand on the prize, like a coveted piece of couture that no one ever gets to see,” Laura explained. “You can’t go rent a tutu. You have to own it…They’re never actually perfect, but from afar, when you’re in the audience, it looks like one of the most beautiful things in the world.” And while the film has already received Oscar buzz, maybe the tutus will too! –Jessie Goldberg

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lois on

It looks good on her. With all the hard work that was put in the film its self. Love her.Don’t see much are so called boyfriend these day. I think they are living apart. She was hunting for an apartment while she was in New york weeks ago. Don’t know they’re still together.But she didgo the ballet dance he gave weeks ago. But they won’t together as a couple. They was seperated

Brooke on

I can’t wait to see this movie!!!

And, I really wish that if people post comments to posts on here and other locations, they would take the time to make sure people could even understand what is being said. The one post on here (Lois) made no sense!

Jon on

Interesting to hear, congrats to The Rodarte Designers on their Recent Award!

ellen on

yeah Lois is on another planet don’t get the post at all. I too, like her work and hope the movie is as good as the costume designing.The tutu is stunning and the make-up is awesome too.

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