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Rodarte + Ballet = Black Swan

Natalie Portman for Black Swan

Today, August 19, 2010, I can say with absolute certainty it has begun. The air has officially started to thicken with excitement for the the 11 days of over 300 films that is the  Toronto International Film Festival. Conversations can be heard all over the city about the films, the parties and of course the celebrities that will descend on Toronto in and around September 9 to 19, 2010.

The film schedules will not be released until next Tuesday, September 24, but certain films already have more than just a little buzz around them. Black Swan directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream) and starring Natalie Portman is one of those such films. Aronofsky and Portman’s names aren’t the only reason this particular film has people chomping at the bit to get their hands on tickets, this film is just about any and every fashion lover’s dream.

Natalie Portman in Rodarte for Black Swan

The costuming was left in the more than capable hands of sisters Laura and Kate Mulleav of Rodarte, who designed 40 costumes and outfitted the entire ballet corps for Black Swan–which is also their first foray into film.

Black Swan tells the story of Nina (Portman) a prima ballerina who is technically exceptional,  but has trouble tapping into her sensuality. She is cast  as the lead in Swan Lake in the New York City ballet where her manipulative dance master (Vincent Cassel) pressures her to become a seductress on stage.

Things take a complicated twist for Nina with the arrival of Lily (Mila Kunis) at the ballet, who is a natural seductress and everything Nina is not on stage.  Black Swan is a dark film with psychological twists and turns aka perfect for Rodarte.

The absolutely gorgeous and gothic inspired ballerina wardrobe is nothing short of breathtaking, as we would expect to see from the talented Mulleav sisters. This is why so many love Rodarte. The clothing is creative, sinister and intrinsically beautiful.