Rodarte's Black Swan Costumes Go On Display
California's famous fashion designing sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy of the couture line Rodarte may not have gotten the film credit for the costumes in "Black Swan" but the talented designers are getting their own moment in the sun as the tutus go on display as part of their first West Coast solo exhibition "Rodarte: States of Matter," at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The movie's intricate tutus are displayed as art and are filled with resin sculptures that show the form of the pieces but don't distract in the way that full mannequins might. Hung from wires, the tutus slowly spin for an effect that is both ethereal and eerie. The tutus and other elaborate Rodarte dresses are surrounded by fluorescent light tubes in red, black and white which gives the exhibit a bold contrast. There are six tutus that Academy-Award winner for Best Actress Natalie Portman wore in "Black Swan" on display along with a variety of dramatic black and white Rodarte couture creations. The AP reports that the Mulleavys did extensive research on ballet costumes which also ended up informing their runway collections during the seasons that they were working on the movie.