Fashion designer sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy make up the edgy high fashion label , Rodarte, and now the stylish set are the stars of an exhibit at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art.
The exhibit, Rodarte: States of Matter, will present their recent work in fashion design and costume design, some of which most recently appeared in the hit film, Black Swan. Along with the stunning costumes from Black Swan, the presentation will include more than 20 gowns that have recently graced the runways.
In true Rodarte fashion, the garments will not be conventionally displayed on mannequins as most other exhibits would exhibit clothes, but the gowns and pieces will be laid out in various positions and silhouettes, as if they were frozen in flight, mid-air. The dreamy, ethereal collections will be mostly in black and white to add to the mysterious feel of the exhibit.
This interesting display of the clothes is meant to highlight the innate sculptural quality of the pieces, as if they can literally stand on their own. Rodarte is known for their often organic and extremely hands-on approach to altering fabrics and creating their designs. The sisters, who launched their line in 2005, are known to bring fire to fabric, rip, and stretch often expensive materials to create personalized, imperfect but daring and inspiring garments.
Much like their costumes were displayed in the dramatic Black Swan, the set was designed with high contrasting lightings and shadows, and other theatrical elements to showcase the intrigue of the designs. Runway producer Alexandre de Betak is responsible for the fantastical set, and he often works with visionary designers such as Dior, Diane von Furstenburg and Jason Wu.
“Rodarte: States of Matter” will run from March 4 – June 5 at the MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. For information go to moca.org.
By Daniela Cabrera