Thor: The Dark World, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman
My Favorite Movie Costumes
Nina Sayer’s Black/White Swan Costumes in Black Swan (2010)
Designer(s): Amy Westcott and Rodarte (Kate and Laura Mulleavy)
Despite all the controversy (Amy Westcott or Rodarte) , the costumes for the ballet production in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan are amazing.
Here’s an interview with costume designer, Amy Westcott for ClothesonFilm.com
Lady Lessons in Movies
3. Nina Sayers from Black Swan (Natalie Portman) (SPOILER!)
Why Her: So, she’s a perfectionist who lives with her creepy mom (whose face looks tighter than a baby’s onesie), she scratches at her skin a lot, and plucks feathers from her shoulder and…ok I was a little lost. I was so dazzled by Aronosky’s directing, the cinematography, and the costume design of Amy Westcott, I wasn’t all that emotionally connected to Portman’s Nina. But, nonetheless, I couldn’t stop watching Nina as she shied away from human contact, as she tripped over her words, as she was petted like a sad puppy by her mother. Most of the women represented on the big screen are sex kittens or social butterflies, but in dramas is where we get the really unique characters. I don’t know how realistic a ballerina who goes insane and turns into a big bird (metaphorically) is, but Nina’s sexual repression, awkward social graces, and obsessive lust for artistic perfection made her very human – and the most watchable character of 2010.
Shining Moment(s): Nina’s best moments aren’t in what she says, but the scenes in which she dances the White/Black Swan (which is basically most of the film)
Lady Lesson: Die for your art. Yes, that’s extreme, but as awkward and naïve as Nina is, her dancing has beautiful control and depth of emotions. The very things Nina lacks in her life outside of ballet. Nina’s heart and soul is in dancing, which eventually makes her go crazy. In the finale of the Black Swan, Nina’s bleeding out from the abdomen during her last dance is emotional, but this “bleeding” may be a metaphor for Nina’s painful devotion to becoming the Swan Queen.