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Rodarte Exhibition at NMWA

Jul 11 2018

WASHINGTON—The celebrated American luxury fashion house Rodarte, founded by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, will be featured this fall in the first fashion exhibition organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). On view November 10, 2018–February 10, 2019, Rodarte will showcase the designers’ visionary concepts, impeccable craftsmanship and profound impact on the fashion industry.

The exhibition will explore the distinctive design principles, material concerns and reoccurring themes that position the Mulleavys’ work within the landscape of contemporary art and fashion. Spanning the first 13 years of Rodarte, nearly 100 complete looks, presented as they were shown on the runway, will be on view, highlighting selections from their most pivotal collections. Through a conceptual blend of high fashion and modern femininity that employs a multiplicity of textiles and meticulous couture techniques, Rodarte has drawn critical acclaim from both the art and fashion worlds since its inception in 2005.

“Rodarte continually prompts a dialogue between the worlds of contemporary art and fashion,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “This exhibition will continue that discussion with new insights, illustrating the Mulleavy sisters’ highly creative practice and sources of inspiration.”

Early Rodarte collections drew critical acclaim for their use of unconventional methods and materials that fused dressmaking and art-making processes. Together, these collections reveal a rapid command of their métier as the Mulleavys mastered one technique after another, skillfully combining them in subsequent collections.

“We are honored to be the first designers to have a fashion exhibition organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts,” said Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

At NMWA, the collections will be displayed on accessorized mannequins as well as on invisible mounts, which will present the designs as floating sculptural forms.

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