Why Every Fashion Lover Must See the Rodarte Exhibit

Days of Heaven and Wizard of Oz Inspiration

If you love fashion exhibits and admire great detail… be prepared to be in the Rodarte exhibit for a full day. If I had the chance I would be going again! You will catch yourself losing balance trying to look as close as possible at

Swarovski Crystal Detailing

the art Kate and Laura Mulleavy create. If you’re like me and are always curious about the feel of the textiles.. this exhibit will have you dying to feel the pieces. The dresses throughout the exhibit from their first collections to their newest pieces have you wonder about everything within haute couture.

Inspiration was running through my whole body going through the 90+ pieces in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I visited the exhibit on the opening weekend of November 10th. There were so much excitement and chatter of everyone receiving their pamphlets to go up to the second floor for the first ever fashion exhibit in the NMWA! Hurry in before February 10th to experience this amazing art from their Los Angeles headquarters yourself.

Rodarte Exhibit SS 2008 The Ocean Gown

The gown that inspired me the most was this hand-dyed dress that flowed to the floor creating a dreamy sea of blue. Walking through the exhibit, I really began to notice the art and how personal all these pieces felt. Which is exactly what they have inspired from.. their personal lives and takes on art. The sisters named their label from their mother maiden name “Rodart.” Their inspirations come from the art of the past and an article that made me admire the way they view art is on Artsy.net from Michelle Cortes.  Mostly all of the mannequins were styled with Baby’s Breath and other floral arrangements (by Odile Gilbert). The detail from head to toe had me in awe. In other gowns, different and playful techniques to express peculiar themes are used from start to finish.

If you cannot personally attend the Exhibit for yourself. You can read more about the sisters and their unconventional ways for their designs on Rodarte.net.  The best possible way for me to find new designers and exhibits are from reading somewhere else. I absolutely get sad knowing I can’t fly thousands to see an exhibit but I do know what I CAN do is do my own research. I come across a blog or picture more on the exhibit I am dreaming of attending, then try to feed my brain with all the knowledge I can!

The stunning work Laura and Kate Mulleavy have created over the years is displayed perfectly of contemporary art and fashion.

What are some of your must-see exhibits on your 2019 list so far? The next one I’m planning on seeing is “Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now” at the Museum of Art in Philadelphia!

Dario Argento’s Suspiria


Mermaid Collection Rodarte
Washington D.C. Signage for National Museum of Women in the Arts
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