Portman Dress
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From the big screen to her big day, Natalie Portman has marked some important moments in her life wearing Rodarte. The dance costumes worn by the actress’ character in the psychological thriller Black Swan, the gown she wore to accept the Oscar for her performance in the same film and, reportedly, her 1950s-style tea-length wedding dress all bore the Rodarte label.

Self-taught designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy — who founded the line from their parents’ Pasadena home in 2005 – have also contributed to the Hollywood aesthetic with projects that don’t involve Portman, creating costumes for the Kirsten Dunst-directed short Bastard as well as Todd Cole’s Aanteni and The Curve of Forgotten Things, starring Elle Fanning. In 2010, they were commissioned to design t-shirts and movie posters in honor of the 50th anniversary of Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless.

And then there’s the red carpet. Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett and Emma Watson are among the A-listers who have worn dresses from the label for appearances at movie premieres and awards shows. (First Lady Michelle Obama is also a fan.)

In turn, the duo has said that their designs are influenced by art house cinema, citing Dario Argento’s 1977 horror movie Suspira and Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein as sources of inspiration for their ready to wear collections.

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