Rodarte’s Black Swan Costume Designs Were Inspired by Mechanical Birds

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As to be expected, Rodarte sought inspiration in some bizarre places while designing the ballet costumes for Black Swan. "We imagined him like a mechanical bird — his breast is even padded out like a bird," Laura Mulleavy said of the costume for Prince Siegfried, which features distressed velvet with a floral embroidered cheesecloth overlay. "It looks like a spider web's taken over him ... He's like a demon." Meanwhile, Odette's costume involves a flat, pancake-shaped tutu made of white angora wool, which looks like "tree branches growing [on the skirt]," she described. Which is not very sexy, but definitely not boring either. [WWD]