Rodarte Retrospective Exhibit Opens at National Museum of Women in the Arts

Rodarte | Retrospective Exhibit Opens at National Museum of Women in the Arts

Rodarte is the subject of a new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, marking as the first fashion exhibit organized by NMWA.

The retrospective, which is currently on view through February 10, 2019, is a celebration of Kate and Laura Mulleavy work for their label. Ninety complete looks from Rodarte’s 13 years in business highlight the sisters’ artistic and theatrical vision that spans beyond fashion and into the contemporary art world, and explore greater concepts like modern femininity and the human condition.

Jill D’Alessandro, curator in charge of costume and textile arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, guest curated Rodarte, with support from Virginia Treanor, associate curator, NMWA, and Rafael de Cárdenas/Architecture at Large, which designed the exhibit’s interior.

“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,” said D’Alessandro.

“The exhibition celebrates the Mulleavys’ pioneering approach and explores their use of narrative to convey complex thoughts on a wide range of subjects, including film, literature, art history, nature and the California landscape.”

This is not the first solo exhibition for Rodarte. The American luxury fashion house held its first solo exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in 2010, kicking off several shows for the label. Many of Rodarte’s ensembles have been showcased at and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and are in permanent collections at the Costume Institute, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Museum at FIT, and LACMA.

Rodarte at NMWA is special for the sisters for they are the first designers to be honored by the museum.

In addition hosting Rodarte, NMWA is offering a limited-edition collaboration collection by the Mulleavys, artist Jess Rotter and design firm Third Drawer Down. The collection is available at the NMWA shop and on its website.