Thursday, March 3, 2011

Rodarte: States of Matter

Photo by Autumn de Wilde.

For all you California lovelies, or visitors to that golden state, a new Rodarte exhibit promises to fuse fashion and film. Opening March 4, 2011 at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)’s Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Rodarte: States of Matter will feature pieces from Rodarte’s Spring 2010, Fall 2010, and Fall 2008 runway collections, as well as original ballet costumes they designed for the film Black Swan, in which Natalie Portman danced her way to an Oscar.

Sketch by Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte.

Natalie Portman as Nina.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy are the sisters who started Rodarte only in 2005 and yet they are at the top of the fashion heap, the darling of magazine editors, and the recipients of numerous awards, including the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, in 2009.

If I was still in San Diego (I lived there for many years), or visiting San Diego (my mother-in-law resides there--Hi Dot!) I would drive up to this Rodarte exhibit in a New York minute. Sometimes I love Rodarte and other times I just don’t get them at all. The ballet costumes they created for Black Swan were beautiful and haunting though, and added stunning visuals to the storyline of a dancer going mad, so I’m thinking that maybe if I spent some up close and personal time with a large collection of their work I would understand it better.

From the Fall 2008 Collection. I especially love the cardigan, the crazy socks and the killer shoes. Photo by Marcio Madeira.

From the Fall 2010 Collection. I'm sorry, but no. The shoes can stay, but they are by Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte. Photo by Marcio Madeira.

Rodarte: States of Matter is on view from March 4 through June 5, 2011.

MOCA Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Anonymous said...

In my thrift-store brain, I have Rodarte=gauzy/filmy materials. Is that too simplistic?

sacramento said...

Sorry i missed your post. I have been in Málaga with the family for a week.
Mil besos Jill, and enjoy your weekend.

jill815 said...

Hi Terri, I think I agree with you on Rodarte, those cardigans I liked, the tights too, were shredded and open and loose. I liked them because of their crazy colors and their delicacy but they certainly are of gauzy material.

jill815 said...

Hi Sacramento, I need to get my atlas out to see where Malaga is, but even the word sounds divine. I hope you had fun.