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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