Rodarte Exhibit to Open at MOCA


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The sisters Rodarte at their MOCA exhibit premiere sponsored by Swarovski and InStyle.

Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy may not be the official credited costume designers of Black Swan, but their handiwork on Natalie Portman’s ensembles is getting something just as coveted as an Academy Award: a museum exhibition.

“Rodarte: States of Matter” will open March 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, six of the tutus worn in Darren Aronofsky’s ballet thriller will be on display.

“Nearly invisible” resin mannequins created for the exhibit will be suspended throughout the Pacific Design Center, rotating at one revolution per minute and wearing the three black and three white tutus the Mulleavys crafted for Portman’s character, Nina.

“It’s exciting to be part of a legacy that’s not changing every six months, because our [industry] is about a constant renewal of ideas,” Laura Mulleavy said. “With a film, the costume, it’s not renewing that idea of the costume within that film. It lasts.”

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