New Rodarte exhibition set to open in Washington, D.C.

Rodarte will be the focus of the first major fashion exhibition at Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts.The brand, helmed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, was founded in 2005 and is loved by stars like Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portm…

Rodarte will be the focus of the first major fashion exhibition at Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The brand, helmed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, was founded in 2005 and is loved by stars like Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley.

The new retrospective will showcase Rodarte’s haute couture costumes and red carpet-worthy gowns. Arranged over the museum’s second floor, a total of 90 looks from 18 collections will be on display, including costumes made for Oscar-winning film Black Swan, and 2017 drama Woodshock, which the sisters also directed.

“It took about a year to pull everything out (from our collections) and decide which pieces to place in the exhibit,” Laura told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was interesting to go through that process, to see all that work over time.”

The exhibition opens on Saturday (10Nov18), and will be on until 10 February 2019.

The museum will also be running special events in conjunction with the showcase, including a Rodarte-inspired crafting event, a workshop on fashion illustration, and screenings of both Black Swan and Woodshock.

“Rodarte burst onto the scene in 2005, taking the fashion and art worlds by surprise with their deeply personal and conceptual approach to fashion design,” guest curator Jill D’Alessandro of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art said. “Rodarte the exhibition explains the distinctive design, material concerns and recurring themes that position the Mulleavys at the intersection of contemporary art and fashion.”

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Rodarte designs clothing collection for Barbie

Rodarte has collaborated with Mattel on a special line of clothes for Barbie. Los Angeles-based Kate and Laura Mulleavy founded their brand in 2005 and have since gone on to work with a range of celebrities, including Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman, a…

Rodarte has collaborated with Mattel on a special line of clothes for Barbie. 

Los Angeles-based Kate and Laura Mulleavy founded their brand in 2005 and have since gone on to work with a range of celebrities, including Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman, and Taylor Swift.

But on Wednesday (17Oct18), the Mulleavy sisters announced that they have teamed with designers at the toy company to launch a miniature range showcasing red carpet glamour on an entirely different kind of fashion star – the iconic Barbie doll.

“Truly thrilled to collaborate with @Barbie in the recreation of Rodarte’s SS18 dresses and looks, launching on @barbiestyle today!” they wrote on their Instagram page alongside an image of the Barbies. “We love these one of a kind dolls!”

The four diverse Barbie dolls are all outfitted in versions of Rodarte’s spring/summer 2018 line, which was first shown as part of Paris Fashion Week in June 2017, with one doll sporting a gold lace dress and another modelling a pink number with floral print. Other outfits include a black and white polka dot dress and a red dress with a tiered skirt.

Regarding the tiny designs, Laura noted that it was a dream come true to outfit Barbie.

“We always loved all of her accessories, especially her shoes. We played with the dolls (growing up) and made fashion collections for them all the time! We even created runway shows with our Barbie dolls,” she told W Magazine, while Kate added that it was a pleasure to collaborate with the team at Mattel. “We then worked with the Mattel team to choose looks and fabrications that would translate in doll scale. In all honesty, there was not much limitation!”

At present, the Rodarte designs for Barbie are not available to purchase.

Other major fashion designers and houses to previously work with the toy giant include Karl Lagerfeld, Moschino, and Tommy Hilfiger. While Claudia Schiffer and Ashley Graham are among the models to recently be honoured with their own dolls.

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Brie Larson didn’t let rain put dampener on Rodarte’s NYFW return

Brie Larson braved the rain to take in Rodarte’s New York Fashion Week show on Sunday (09Sep18).Sitting front row with an umbrella, Brie looked chic in high waisted red chequered trousers, teamed with a frilly blouse.Whoopi Goldberg, fashion legend G…

Brie Larson braved the rain to take in Rodarte’s New York Fashion Week show on Sunday (09Sep18).

Sitting front row with an umbrella, Brie looked chic in high waisted red chequered trousers, teamed with a frilly blouse.

Whoopi Goldberg, fashion legend Grace Coddington and actress Rachel Brosnahan, the niece of late bag designer Kate Spade, also didn’t let the wet weather put them off sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy’s spring/ summer 19 presentation, which was held at a cemetery on the Lower East Side. The show marked Rodarte’s return to the Big Apple after showing in Paris for the last few seasons.

Later on Sunday, Prabal Gurung showed off his latest line, with the Nepalese-American designer also attracting an A-list crowd.

Among the celebrity guests was the cast of smash hit film Crazy Rich Asians, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan and Henry Golding, Tiffany Haddish and Kelly Rowland. Camila Mendes, Karrueche Tran and Indya Moore also took in the new season trends.

Opening Ceremony was one of the last brands to show on day five of New York Fashion Week, with design duo Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, who presented their latest Kenzo collection via a short film on Friday, tapping Christina Aguilera to perform a surprise gig as models strutted their stuff.

As well as Christina belting out tunes, Lim and Leon also enlisted the help of drag artists, including RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Sasha Velour, Jiggly Caliente and Miss Fame for their show, which was watched by Nicki Minaj, Troye Sivan and Hayley Kiyoko.

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Rodarte returning to New York Fashion Week

Rodarte is returning to New York Fashion Week.Los Angeles-based Kate and Laura Mulleavy founded their brand in 2005 and have since gone on to outfit a range of celebrities, including Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman and Taylor Swift. To keep up with the…

Rodarte is returning to New York Fashion Week.

Los Angeles-based Kate and Laura Mulleavy founded their brand in 2005 and have since gone on to outfit a range of celebrities, including Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman and Taylor Swift.

To keep up with the changing dynamics of the fashion world, the Mulleavy sisters decided to shift runway shows to the Paris Couture Week schedule three seasons ago, but they announced on Tuesday (25Jul18) that they will returning to the Big Apple for the next round of fashion presentations.

“We are excited to announce we will be showing our SS19 collection during NYC Fashion Week!” they posted on Instagram. “We are thrilled to create the show with our amazing team: Brian Phillips and Black Frame, Alex de Betak and Bureau Betak, IMG and our beauty and hair teams: James Kaliardos using NARS Cosmetics, Odile Gilbert for TRESemme hair and @mtmorgantaylor for nails.”

According to WWD, Rodarte’s New York Fashion Week show will take place on 9 September. However, a location is yet to be confirmed.

Last season, the Rodarte designers decided to forego a traditional runway presentation and instead showcased its fall/winter 2018 collection with a series of portraits of Hollywood stars in the garments. The portraits featured the likes of Dunst, who used the photographs to confirm her pregnancy, Tessa Thompson and Grimes.

Last month, Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez also confirmed that they would be returning to New York Fashion Week after a stint showing in Paris. Yet, U.S.-based brands such as Thom Browne, Altuzarra and Tommy Hilfiger, are continuing to unveil their latest lines as part of Europe’s big fashion weeks.

New York Fashion Week is set to run from 6 – 14 September.

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