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L.A.'s Rodarte Designs Killer Costumes For 'Black Swan'

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By Lyndsey Saul / Special to LAistDarren Aronofsky's nine-year-old Grimm brainchild Black Swan is finally being released to the world on December 3. Brutal and beautiful, the film is a visually stunning journey of a not very pretty sight, the gory gorgeousness reaching its pinnacle with the ballet costumes -- particularly the glorious black swan costume -- designed by L.A.'s own Laura and Kate Mulleavy of the much celebrated line, Rodarte.

Although the Pasadena-based sisters heavily cite cinema as an influence in their designs -- Fall 2008 was a take on Japanese horror films and Spring 2009 was, among other things, a direct reference to Boris Karloff's portrayal of Frankenstein -- Black Swan will be their literal, big screen debut thanks to long time fan and friend Natalie Portman.

"Their clothes and collection around the time [we were prepping] were very balletic like—a lot of tulle and invisible lace. [Laura and Kate] are also huge horror movie fans—real horror movie connoisseurs. The two components, to me, made the perfect pairing," said Portman to Variety.