Rodarte designers want to see more women leading fashion houses

Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy want to see more women leading high fashion houses.The California-born sisters founded their brand in 2005 and have since gone on to outfit a range of celebrities, including Natalie Portman, Mandy Moore, and Taylor Swi…

Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy want to see more women leading high fashion houses.

The California-born sisters founded their brand in 2005 and have since gone on to outfit a range of celebrities, including Natalie Portman, Mandy Moore, and Taylor Swift. 

In spite of the design duo’s ongoing success, they claim to have never been approached by executives at any other couture companies regarding creative director gigs and find it interesting that these types of roles are still largely dominated by men.

“There are very few houses led by women, and I think that’s unfortunate,” said Laura in an interview for InStyle magazine. “The few women I see in those positions worked really long and hard to get there, and I don’t see that with our male counterparts. Someone does one cool collection as a young male designer and they are in a house. We can all leave it to our imaginations as to why that is.”

Even though the Mulleavys haven’t been asked about joining another house or potentially taking on other collaborations, Kate is adamant they would be “amazing” at anything they put their minds to.

For instance, they made their joint feature directorial debut with Woodshock, a psychological thriller which was released in 2017 and starred Kirsten Dunst, and have continued to develop their signature romantic yet edgy aesthetic with their clothes, having held their fall/winter 2019 show in Los Angeles in February (19).

“It’s romantic and feminine, and there’s an underlying edge to it, something that’s off,” added Laura of their designs. “We’re always looking at the ideas of traditional beauty and non-traditional beauty and how they can be seen together.”

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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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