Haute Historian, Wearable Art

July 13, 2010 • Fashion


Bonnie J Brown for Second City Style Magazine

Rodarte. The name seems to elicit an image of modern art hanging on
gallery walls, being admired by a mix of beatnik-hipster types,
socialites and celebrities alike. However, Rodarte is not art, at
least not in the typical sense and definitely not the kind that hangs on
Instead, Rodarte is an avant garde clothing and accessories
line that people, at least the wealthy or lucky ones, don.

The fashion label was founded by sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy
in 2005
and named after their mother’s maiden name. Their debut,
which featured a 10 piece, hand-made collection was prestigiously
featured on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily. Their premier
collection also caught the famous editing eye of Anna Wintour,
editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue
. Rodarte was almost immediately
picked up and sold in many high-end department stores, including Barneys,
Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, among others. While Rodarte
has gone mainstream within the last couple of years, by producing and collaborating
with the Gap and Target stores
, they are traditionally a very niche
brand who happens to dress celebrities who enjoy a very unique look. Tilda
Swinton, Chloe Sevigny and Dita von Teese are just a few stars who’ve
worn Rodarte pieces on the red carpet.

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