Rodarte at LACMA – Director’s Series

Fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy talk art, fashion, and history at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind the Rodarte label, were inspired by horror movies (particularly Japanese horror films) and ballet long before they designed the costumes for Black Swan. This and many, many other interesting factoids were dispersed upon a fashion adoring crowd at the Bing Theatre as LACMA CEO/Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan chatted with the sisters onstage. Sometimes it was hard to remember who was who, as the ladies finished each others sentences, but it was inspiring to hear what got the two Cali natives excited about each of their fashionable endeavors (a lot goes into picking a pattern for a frock). “We research a lot,” Laura admitted, “usually in libraries.” Their clothes are interesting and beautiful and they created a few special pieces inspired by the Renaissance artist Fra Angelica, which now hang in the museum. I spotted artist John Baldessari and photographer Catherine Opie in the crowd. After the shop talk, the Costume Council invited folks for wine and cheese and another peek at the dresses on display. It would be great to see Viola Davis wearing one of the saint-like crowned affairs at the Oscars, but this isn’t wearable art. Sigh.

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      Laura Mulleavy and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte

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      Michael Govan and John Baldessari

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      An attentive audience

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      Costume Council Chair Carolyn Wagner and Cindy Canzoneri

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      Fallon Buckelew

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      Joni Smith and Golyester Vintage owner Esther Ginsberg

Photographs by Andreas Branch / PatrickMcMullan.com