The interview mentions the film's colour pallet and high degree of realism, as well as the ballet costumes design by Rodarte. There aren't many photos, but it did make me more excited to see the film! Plus, ballet style is always interesting to think about: the shoes, the pale colours, and all the layers. Wescott says,
When I went to see classes I observed dancers would sneak some crazy knitwear over the leotard, like the sweater instead they would wear it like a skirt…they completely reinvent pieces that they put on top of their leotard.Okay, that transcription seems a bit faulty, but I'm curious to see how dancers re-purpose clothing. It reminds me a little of that essay where David Sedaris goes to a nudist colony and observes, "Because clothing doesn't interest them, most of these people are liable to wear anything: stripes with checks, pants three sizes to large or small -- it simply doesn't matter to them. This morning, I saw a woman wear her sweatshirt toga style, the neck stretched beneath her arm to reveal a single breast." (Naked, p. 282-3).
Fun fact: Amy Wescott was also the costume designer on The Wrestler, Aronofsky's previous film. Further fun fact: in an MTV interview, Aronofsky revealed that Black Swan and The Wrestler were initially conceived as a single movie "about a love affair between a ballet dancer and a wrestler."
Now, delight yourselves with the colour pallet in this clip from the 1948 film The Red Shoes.