More drama over the Black Swan costumes: the film wasn't even nominated for an Oscar for costume design. Nods went to Alice in Wonderland, I Am Love, The King's Speech, The Tempest, and True Grit.
We already knew Rodarte's Mulleavy sisters wouldn't see any glory for their beautifully twisted and painstakingly made ballet costumes for Black Swan--despite the buzz that their names had garnered for the film. The Mulleavy sisters weren't members of the Costume Design Guild when they worked on the film and were reportedly "naive" about movie credits. Kate and Laura Mulleavy ended up receiving a backend credit while Amy Westcott, who worked with director Darren Aronofsky on The Wrestler, received the front credit as costume designer, making Westcott the only one eligible for an Oscar. In an interview with Deadline, Westcott explained, "It was Natalie who recommended Rodarte. It was important to her and Darren asked me if it was OK. I met with Laura and Kate Mulleavy and I saw their feathered Vulture collection (I think it was Spring 2010). It seemed very appropriate."
But now that whole controversy over Rodarte's ineligibility for Oscar costume credit is moot. And it comes as a bit of a shock that the film was completely left off the list to be considered. Black Swan had already picked up best costume nominations from the Critics' Choice Awards, Bafta and the Costume Designers' Guild. Could it be that the increased buzz over Rodarte's "ruffled feathers" took Black Swan out of the running? The story over Rodarte's Oscar ineligibility just earned a place in the upper left-hand quadrant of New York mag's approval matrix (that's highbrow and despicable for those of who don't love that back page as much as I do). We'll never know. But it certainly seems a shame that neither Wescott nor the Mulleavy sister's will get any credit for Black Swan's costumes.