Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Designer Dossier: Rodarte

It’s everyones favorite fashion forward sister duo: Rodarte. Self taught fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy from Northern California are quite the pair. They both majored in English and Literature in college, with not a speck of fashion in their midst. Inspiration struck and suddenly they started small little projects in the comfort of their parents cottage in California, that all began to change.

Frothy chiffon and organza gowns made up the Rodarte sisters first collection in 2005. From the beginning, it rose to fame. Many successful collections later, the Mulleavy sisters won the 2008 CFDA Emerging Womenswear Designer Award, sending the native California ladies to the top of the industry. Celebrity supporters such as Kirsten Dunst, Kiera Knightley, Natalie Portman and Reese Witherspoon are only a few of the designers loyal customers. When the infamous dark ballet movie “Dark Swan” came out, Rodarte received praises for their intricate and elegant ballet costumes. The sisters explained they loved to draw inspiration from fairytale like scenarios, and dream like landscapes. These inspirations were often captured in their gowns.

Natalie Portman

Keira Knightley

Reese Witherspoon

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst
The tables turned for the brand when the sisters decided they needed to give their work a new feel. Japanese horror movies and apocalyptic deconstruction dominated the new line. A different mood no doubt, but the influx of praise and success did not dim. These changes in the brand only proved that Rodarte was just as versatile as the prints used in the collections.

To this day, Rodarte is still a well loved and unique label. This unstoppable sister duo has left their mark on the fashion world with their imaginative dresses and vivid patterned silhouettes. “Rodarte” is not a name we will forget anytime soon.

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