Saturday, May 14, 2011

Rodarte Exhibit at the MOCA

As many of you cinephiles and swan fetishists may already know, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, better known as the Rodarte sisters, designed the costumes for last fall's Oscar darling, Black Swan. These incredibly accomplished young ladies have been designing since about 2005 after graduating from my alma mater, UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) in 2001, and have received countless awards such as the 2008 CFDA Swarovski Emerging Womenswear Designer award.

Rodarte is known for its dream-like, romantic, and couture-like gowns that every cutting edge fashionista hopes to wear on the red carpet, and then in 2010 they translated their style into a Target line while maintaining their focus on detail. And for anyone who saw Black Swan, you know how incredible and sometimes nightmarish those costumes became. Natalie Portman in the black tutu, even in the trailer was unforgettable.

Well, now you can see these designs up-close and personal at the MOCA Rodarte exhibit in the West Hollywood branch of the museum. "The exhibition features pieces from Rodarte's Spring 2010, Fall 2010, and Fall 2008 runway collections, as well as original ballet costumes designed by Kate and Laura for the feature film Black Swan" (Moca website). Fashion as art has not always been taken seriously by mass audiences, but in recent time with more and more exposure to runway shows on television and designers as celebrities (Project Runway anyone?) this kind of exhibition shows the craftsmanship and truly innovative nature in clothing design.

Entrance to the museum is free and the exhibition is running through June 6, 2011 so hurry up before it's too late. MOCA Pacific Design Center (8687 MELROSE AVENUE, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069) is closed Mondays, Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm.

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