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Rodarte - 2006

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Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy were exposed to the arts and learned to sew their own clothes at a young age. After pursuing degrees in liberal arts at the University of California, Berkeley, the design duo launched Rodarte in 2005. Their collections showcase garments that are both minimal and extravagant, rough and refined, intellectual and effortless.

The Los Angeles-based designers begin with a sketch, thinking through every detail before progressing to pattern making and draping. They cut each garment by hand with pinking shears, resulting in meticulous detail with a light, ephemeral touch. All Rodarte pieces are hand sewn, and the designers do all of their own beading, pleating, feather work and embroidery.

Since their 2006 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation win, the design duo has been nominated for several Council of Fashion Designers of America awards. Rodarte designs have been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, and celebrity style mavens like Keira Knightly, Kirsten Dunst, Cate Blanchett, and Chloe Sevigny have strutted down the red carpet in the Rodarte label.

In 2007, the pair partnered with the Gap as part of the Gap Design Editions program. Along with fellow EDFF winners Thakoon and Doo Ri, Rodarte created a limited edition white shirt collection that appeared in stores nationwide. Rodarte designs are featured at independent boutiques from coast to coast, as well as retail icon Neiman Marcus.

Notes from the Runway: New York Fashion Week, February 2006

Laura and Kate Mulleavy debuted their Fall 2006 collection at the Ukrainian Institute of America during New York's Fashion Week. Hand carved wooden railings and marble floors offered a grand backdrop for the sophisticated pieces. Dresses dominated the collection with a soft, ethereal blend of silk, wool feathers and fraying appliqués.

Notes from the Runway: New York Fashion Week, September 2006

Rodarte design duo, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, selected the Dia Chelsea gallery as the backdrop for their Spring/Summer 2007 show at New York Fashion Week. The collection included waves of organza, Swarovski crystals and ostrich-feathered silk tulle with bows and floral embellishments. Daring bursts of fuchsia livened up the designs, as detailed elements of embroidery, antique beading and floral appliqué echoed the designers' shared passion for construction, innovation and art.

Learn more about Rodarte's success story.

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