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Natalie Portman Sticks With Rodarte

The actress wears the designer to 'Black Swan' AFI screening in L.A.
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Black Swan star Natalie Portman became so immersed in her role as the black swan in the awards season contender that she donned a dress from Rodarte – the designer who supplied the film's lavish ballet costumes – to the film's AFI screening in Los Angeles on Thursday at Grauman's.

Portman noted that she's friends with Laura and Kate Mulleavy – who design Rodarte – and wore the frock as a tribute to the sisters, who also took in Thursday's AFI Fest premiere.

"It was such an amazing thing to get to collaborate with Laura and Kate Mulleavy, who design Rodarte, and also did all the ballet costumes for the film," Portman told The Hollywood Reporter. "They’re such amazing artists and really great friends and I think they really added the aesthetic of the film and also it’s always nice to get to work with friends."

Producer Brian Oliver noted that the Rodarte threads added an extra dimension to the film as the black swan costume comes to life in the film's pivotal conclusion – a connection that "might have been Natalie's idea" to do.

"Rodarte came in and really added a dynamic," he told THR. "Because part of the movie is performance-based, the costumes especially in the final scene play into the performance of it. She also somewhat turns into a swan."

Co-star Mila Kunis noted that the Rodarte ballet costumes went well with the overall look costume designer Amy Wescott brought to Black Swan.

"Amy Wescott did a beautiful job at designing all the costumes, and she worked with them [Rodarte], and they did a great job," Kunis told THR. "They brought a lot of beauty to the movie."

Westcott, meanwhile, noted that she stuck with four primary colors – selected by director Darren Aronofsky and production designer Therese DePrez – in dressing the film.

"[I wanted to make it as] realistic as it could be and keep everything within the boundaries of what people would really wear at rehearsal as well as and working within the color constraints," she told THR. "We had very strict color constraints: we only used four colors – black, white, gray and
pink."

–– Additional reporting by Becky White.


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