6 Jan 2011

Black Swan: Rodarte does Degas

As a former dancer, Style Cramp understands just how nitpicking and perceived imperfection can cloud a performer's life.

Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as a talented but troubled prima ballerina cast in Swan Lake's title role, who finds the character of Odile crawling all over her Odette-like qualities.

Darren Aronofsky's horror-tinged ballet thriller showcases 40 theatrical costumes created by Rodarte, design-duo sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy.

No doubt it's Portman's doing that they were involved, she's famous for being a huge Rodarte fan. Most of the costumes (sketches pictured) appear onstage in performances of Swan Lake.

British design studio LaBoca's adverts echo ballet adverts from the early 20th century:

Rodarte's ballet-inspired SS2008 Ready To Wear line:

Costume sketches by Rodarte:

Black Swan is in UK cinemas January 21

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