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Oscars: Natalie Portman and the anatomy of a dress

February 27, 2011 |  7:47 pm

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Academy Awards The Ministry defies you to argue that this award season hasn't been All. About. Natalie. Natalie Portman, that is.

All eyes have been on the "Black Swan" star and expectant mother, and her red carpet fashion, even after she flew into L.A. on Thursday evening from New York with her dish of a fiance, Benjamin Millepied, and stopped by a Vanity Fair celebration for Fox Searchlight wearing a $50 shift from H&M.

That got fashionistas talking, but the real question was what, and who, Portman would wear on the Academy Awards carpet. The nominee showed a floor-length purple gown (an interesting choice, if you ask us) by Rodarte — the same label that crafted a few of her ballet costumes in "Swan." Dramatic fringe-drop earrings and gem detail on her decolletage completed the look.

So why do we care? Well, if and when Portman nabs the trophy for actress in a lead role, the dress becomes iconic and the image of her will be used exhaustively.

Remember Sandra Bullock's Marchesa gown from 2010? It's impossible to forget, after shots of her wearing it ran countless times thanks to her "Blind Side" win — and the misadventures of a certain ex-husband.


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Photo: Natalie Portman in Rodarte, with fiance Benjamin Millepied, at the 83rd Academy Awards. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press.