Friday, December 3, 2010

Rodarte for Black Swan

Rodarte designer sisters Kate & Laura Mulleavy are breaking into the world of movie for the first time by designing the costumes for Darren Aronofsky's thriller "Black Swan", starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis.

even when the movie is not coming to a theatre near me soon, I'm having great expectation for the dark story and the great cast. and to have teased by the trailer to see Portman's character in the swan costumes, any fashion lover's heart would skip a beat. 

the Mulleavys created 40 costume pieces for the film and most appeared in the onstage performance of "Swan Lake". it's probably no coincidence that the design duo came to involve themselves in costume making when Portman spotted the link of "how balletic their clothes were" and did the introduction to Aronofsky. the sisters were known to have prepped themselves before launching their career by watching "a year's worth of horror films." their love of anything cinematic & theatrical was something they've always had and gave them the inspiration to designing.

the movie is opening this week in the states but for those who are still waiting for it to show in your country, maybe a preview of the sketches can curb the crave a bit?

sketches by WWD

the Mulleavys' renowned broken spider web knits were used in making the costumes along with much tulle and feathers. one could easily see they've always had this affinity going from their fall 2008 collection.

besides the wonderful costumes, Portman had an awesome make-over with the onstage look that transformed herself into the dark side of her character. Oscar winning makeup designer Judy Chin did an amazing job. I like particularly the edgy, gothic look of the black swan on the promotion poster.

intense alluring eye

Chin said it's completely different than doing the traditional version of "Swan Lake" and the look is dramatic and seductive. she shares how the makeup is done:

several dramatic colors were used from MAC Cosmetics:

- a pale ivory foundation with a white cream highlight was applied on the forehead and cheekbones

- to create the swan eyes, Chin used black MAC Chromaline. Then a MAC Pigment in silver was combined with mixing medium and applied with feathery brushstrokes over the eyes

- the lips were lined with MAC Lip Pencil in vino and topped with MAC lipstick in dubonnet

- the under eye was also lined with a thin line using MAC Chromaline in red

looking at all the photos and trailers, they are whetting my appetite. does it do the same to you?

Black Swan official site: Black Swan

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