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Backstage at Fall 2008 Rodarte fashion show

Rodarte is a brand of clothing and accessories founded by Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

Rodarte has received a number of industry awards since the line's inception in 2005.[1][2] Rodarte is stocked globally by more than 40 retailers including Barneys NYC, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Beams, Harvey Nichols, Colette, Ikram, Nordstrom, Jeffrey, Dover Street Market, Opening Ceremony,, Net-a-Porter, the Room at Hudson Bay, and Joyce.[3][non-primary source needed] The sisters have also collaborated with Gap and Target on limited edition pieces.


The Mulleavy sisters are UC Berkeley graduates from Aptos, California.[4] The label "Rodarte" is the original Spanish pronunciation and spelling of their mother's maiden name, "Rodart".[5] After their initial collection of just 10 pieces, the Mulleavys appeared on the cover of Women's Wear Daily and had a meeting with US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.[2]


Museums and exhibitions[edit]

Rodarte is in the permanent collections of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[6][7] the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum in New York,[8] the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,[9] and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.[10] Rodarte was featured in the fall 2007 exhibit BLOGMODE at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, as well as several exhibits at The Museum at FIT including Luxury in spring 2007, Gothic: Dark Glamour in fall 2008, and American Beauty: Aesthetics & Innovation in Fashion in spring 2010. Arnhem Fashion Biennale featured Rodarte vignettes in July 2007, 2009 and 2011. In 2013, the Boston Museum of Fine Art featured their Blue and White Embroidered Spring 2011 Dress and Printed shoes. For the 2013 Punk: Chaos to Couture Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute show, 4 looks of Rodarte's Spring 2009 and Fall 2008 Collections were on display.[11][12][13][14]

In 2008, Rodarte was featured in Artforum, making the Mulleavy sisters the first fashion designers to be featured in the magazine since Issey Miyake in 1982.[15][16] In February 2010, Rodarte had their first solo-exhibition, at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (the design branch of the Smithsonian Institution).[17]

In May 2011, Rodarte contributed artworks to the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts Cell Phone Stories project. Their contribution included sketches based on artworks held in the LACMA's permanent collection.[18]

In February 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles opened Rodarte: States of Matter, the first West Coast museum exhibition of the Rodarte's fashion and costume designs from Fall 2008, Spring 2010, Fall 2010 and pieces from The Black Swan.[19]

In 2011, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) acquired the Rodarte Spring 2012 couture collection.[20] LACMA displayed the renaissance-inspired clothing in their Italian renaissance gallery, alongside Italian renaissance artworks, in the exhibition Rodarte: Fra Angelico Collection from December 2011 to February 2012.[21]


Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Cate Blanchett, Kirsten Dunst, and Michelle Obama often wear Rodarte clothing.[16][22] Rodarte has been featured on the cover of American Vogue Magazine seven times.[16]

Special projects[edit]

Rodarte at Target, 2009

In 2009, Rodarte created a limited edition line for Target as a part of GO International.[23] Tavi Gevinson, the then 13-year-old style blogger, was the guest commentator for this collection.

In 2010 Rodarte collaborated on the short films Aanteni and The Curve of Forgotten Things, both by director Todd Cole, which were shown at the 2011 Rotterdam Film Festival.[24][25][26][27]

In January 2010, Rodarte was subject of a New Yorker profile, written by Amanda Fortini.[28]

In 2010, Rodarte designed the American and International re-release posters for Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless. They also designed limited edition t-shirts celebrating the International Herald Tribune Logo and the posters themselves. The collaboration and re-release was celebrated at the American Embassy in Paris.[29]

For Spring and Fall 2011, Rodarte collaborated on collections with Opening Ceremony.[30][31]

In the spring of 2011, Rodarte's work was featured in a cover story for the Italian art publication, Flash Art. Kate and Laura Mulleavy were interviewed by artist Maurizio Cattelan.[32]

On June 16, 2011 Rodarte unveiled a site-specific installation in Florence showcasing ten new couture pieces created exclusively on the occasion of the 8th edition of Pitti W. The collection was then donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to be housed in its permanent collection. Their first monograph, entitled Rodarte Catherine Opie Alec Soth was also launched at Pitti W. Catherine Opie and Alec Soth were commissioned to shoot original content featuring their work and the landscape of California. The book retails for $80.00 and is of a limited edition of 2000 copies.[33][34]

In 2011, Kate and Laura Mulleavy authored their first book titled: Rodarte, Catherine Opie, Alec Soth. Rodarte worked with art photographers Catherine Opie and Alec Soth to photograph their clothing and landscape inspirations within California. The book is published by JRP and designed by Li, Inc. [35]

In July 2010, Rodarte's collaboration with Make-up Art Cosmetics, inspired by Ciudad Juárez, sparked controversy. Many found the collection names, such as "Factory", "Juarez", and "Ghost Town", insensitive to the rampant crime against women in Ciudad Juarez.[36] The collection was originally set to be launched in September, but on August 17, MAC announced the cancellation of the collection.[37]

In December 2012, Rodarte collaborated with Starbucks on a holiday collection.

In the summer of 2013, Rodarte collaborated on a third short film, This Must Be The Only Fantasy, with filmmaker Todd Cole.[38]

Costume design[edit]

Rodarte designed the ballet costumes for the Dutch National Ballet's October 2010 "One Thing Leads to Another".[39][40]

In October 2010, Rodarte collaborated with artist Brody Condon to design the costumes for MOVE! at MoMA PS1. The project was acquired by the LACMA, and reinterpreted by Brody and Rodarte for a larger performance on April 28, 2011.[41][42]

Rodarte designed the ballet costumes for the New York City Ballet's May 2012 ballet "Two Hearts".[43]

Rodarte created opera costumes for the May 2012 production of Mozart's Don Giovanni by the Los Angeles Philharmonic's and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.[44][45]

In September 2012, Rodarte designed costumes for Benjamin Millepied's Moving Parts for the LA Dance Project.[46]

The Mulleavy sisters collaborated with costume designer Amy Westcott in the design of the ballet costumes for the 2010 film Black Swan.[47][48][49] The film's credits list Westcott as the costume designer, with an additional credit for "ballet costumes designed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte".[50] Controversy ensued over the number of costumes designed by the Mulleavy sisters, and who should have received the various award nominations for costume design for the film.[51][52][53]


Rodarte was nominated for its first CFDA Swarovski Emerging Womenswear Designer award in June 2006, followed by another nomination in 2007. Rodarte was awarded the CFDA Swarovski Emerging Womenswear Designer in June 2008. Rodarte was then awarded the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award in June 2009.

In Fall 2006, Rodarte was awarded runner-up in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition.

In the summer of 2008, Rodarte was selected as a finalist in the ANDAM competition.

On November 13, 2008, The Mulleavy sisters won The Swiss Textiles Award in Zurich Switzerland, worth 100,000 euros. They were the first women to win the award and the first winners from outside Europe.[citation needed] The jury for the prize included New York fashion designer Patricia Field. In a radio interview[54] just after they received their accolade[55] Kate and Laura Mulleavy said their sibling relationship is critical to their work and their success.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy were one of the 50 recipients to win the 2009 United States Artists Fellowship.[56]

Rodarte was Cooper Hewitt's National Design Awards Fashion Design Finalist in 2009 and winner in 2010.[57]

Rodarte is the first fashion house to be awarded the National Art Award from Americans for the Arts in 2010. The award is a custom Jeff Koons gold bunny sculpture.[58]

Rodarte is awarded the Star Honoree Award from Fashion Group International in 2011.[59]

Rodarte was named one of Fast Company’s 50 Designers Shaping The Future in October 2012. [60]

In May 2014, Rodarte's short film directed by Todd Cole is awarded the People's Choice Webby Award for Branded Scripted Entertainment. [61]

  • 2014 Webby Award People's Choice- Branded Scripted Entertainment- Won [62]
  • 2011 Fashion Group International's Star Honoree Award- Won[63]
  • 2010 National Art Award from Americans for the Arts- Won[58]
  • 2010 Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards- Won[57]
  • 2009 United States Artists Fellowships Recipient[56]
  • 2009 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year - Won[64]
  • 2008 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear - Won[64]
  • 2008 Stella Swiss Textiles Award - Won[65]
  • 2006 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award - Won[66]

See also[edit]


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