Kate and Laura Mulleavy have described dressing Natalie Portman in Rodarte for the 2011 Oscars as a pivotal moment in their careers.
The design duo, who have worked with the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Margot Robbie and Brie Larson, have picked out their favourite celebrity dresses for a new Harper’s Bazaar U.S. feature, and selected the purple off-the-shoulder gown Natalie wore when she appeared at the 2011 Academy Awards as a Best Actress nominee for Black Swan.
The Mulleavys had designed the costumes for the psychological thriller as well as all the red carpet outfits for it, so having Natalie, who was pregnant with her first child Aleph the time, take home the trophy while dressed in Rodarte was the perfect end to that project.
“Making the gown for Natalie’s Academy Award appearance for Black Swan was a pinnacle moment in a two-year journey we took with her,” said Laura. “From making the ballet costumes for the film, to making the principle character costumes for her character, to making dresses and gowns for the premiere events for the film, and being a friend we were able to create an Oscar gown that celebrated her iconic and brilliant performance.”
Kate added, “Seeing her nominated and winning at the Oscars was one of the most special moments of our career.”
For the feature, the siblings also picked a few designs that hit the red carpet earlier this year, such as Black Panther star Danai Gurira’s orange Golden Globes dress, Roma actress Yalitza Aparicio’s Oscars gown, and Brie Larson’s star-studded dress for the premiere of Captain Marvel.
“It was so thrilling to create a custom gown for our friend’s premiere,” commented Kate of Brie’s look. “Brie worked tirelessly to create this character and seeing the culmination of all her hard work and diligence on opening night was overwhelming.”
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