NYC Fashionista Nell to Interview Black Swan Costume Designer = A BIG DEAL!

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“Apart from earning the privilege of becoming Sunglass Hut’s Full Time Fabulous fashion blogger, I can think of little else that would make my birthday more special, professionally, than an exclusive interview with Black Swan costume designer Amy Westcott. The latter’s confirmed for Friday. The former remains to be seen. Here’s hoping.

Westcott, who is the eye behind costume designs for HBO’s Entourage as well as one of my personal favorite flicks The Squid and the Whale, got her start assisting on the set of Copland. From there she made her way, costume designing for many a movie, from Smart People to The Wrestler and everything in between.

Now, Westcott takes her talents to the next level with Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky’s dark but beautiful Black Swan, which released December 3rd. Starring the ever-elegant Natalie Portman (as well as Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Winona Ryder, among others), Westcott, along with the Rodarte team, is responsible for the visually arresting fashions seen onscreen.

While viewers I’ve talked to seem split, some enamored, others repulsed by Black Swan, there’s one thing both fashion and film fans, by and large, can agree on: the costume design. It’s nothing short of stunning.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and I wouldn’t be the first to tout this), aesthetic sensibilities weaved throughout this flick are cropping up left and right in real life. Feathers, anyone? Just look at Zac Posen’s and Elie Saab’s S/S 2011 collections. So, which came first, the chicken or the egg?

To my mind, it’s not so much a “trend” or a preconceived catwalk conspiracy as it is a plain and simple part of the zeitgeist. An undercurrent that many a designer is somehow hip to. Whether merely dipping their toes in or downright drinking the water (Kool-Aid?), feathers and other themes seen in Black Swan are clear and present.

I am, as you know, on the edge of my seat (biting my nails when not typing) for a few reasons. One of the reasons being a curiosity of what’s to come strutting down the runway in February. I’ve been given hints, be it personally or via The Cut or WWD or fellow fashion blogs, but no one knows the down and dirty until the big week begins.”

See more of Nell’s Briefing on her preparation for her EXCLUSIVE interview with the Costume Designer from Black Swan HERE!!!!

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About Nell:

My name is Nell and I’m an arts and entertainment writer and reporter in New York City. However, I didn’t always call Manhattan home. Originally from the Midwest, I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

I moved to New York four years ago and I’ve been blogging for three. I immerse myself in my environment, a culture consumer and commentator, covering everything from fashion to film, music to food, design to nightlife. To date I’ve contributed to over 15 outlets, including Paper Magazine and ZINK.

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