Black Swan’s Amy Westcott Speaks Out

January 31, 2011 • Lifestyle


There's been a bit of controversy ever since the the costume design nominations for Black Swan hit. Rodarte, who had been heavily promoted as being part of the main designers for the film, feel they had been snubbed by the Academy when only the film's main costume designer Amy Westcott got the nomination. Wescott spoke to Clothes on Film any why she felt Rodarte didn't deserve the credit:

Clothes on Film, Chris: Are you aware of the controversy surrounding yourself and fashion house Rodarte (the Mulleavy sisters) in the press; that they should be credited alongside you as costume designers?

Amy Westcott: Controversy is too complimentary a word for two people using their considerable self-publicising resources to loudly complain about their credit once they realised how good the film is.

CoF: Do you feel as though you are being vilified for something out of your hands?

AW: I was happy for Rodarte’s persistent publicity efforts at first; I’m so proud of the film and anything that brings it to an even wider audience is genuinely welcome. I tried to put aside my ego while being airbrushed from history in all of their interviews, as I’m just not that kind of person anyway. But when articles were planted that attacked me personally as if I had conspired against them I felt nothing but despair and betrayal. I don’t have a publicist working for me, needless to say, and I was asked to stay quiet -“not to engage”, to avoid any bad press towards the film. Unfortunately this seems to have proven detrimental to the perception of my work on Black Swan. I didn’t make the rules that the Guild and the Academy set and I am proud of my professionalism and commitment to my work, so to have my name dragged into such ill-informed gossip is galling and hurtful to say the least.
Interestingly, the overwhelming reaction from other costume designers has been very affirming. Apparently this has happened to a number of people, but this one just got more press.

Wescott also notes that Rodarte only designed seven of the 40 outfits they claimed to have created. So who to believe? This could be a battle saved best only for Oscar night.

-Taneisha Jordan


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