Rodarte a mere 6 years old, is in the permanent collections of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. Rodarte also exhibited at Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museum at FIT and were the first fashion designers in 20 years to be reviewed in Artforum.
What makes the book something really fabulous is that Rodarte has engaged highly acclaimed not of the fashion world artists Catherine Opie and Alec Soth to both document their conceptual creative inspirations and portrait their work.
|Catherine Opie, Laura & Kate Mulleavy, Alec Soth photo:LA Times|
When it came to the Q & A my favorite question was saved for last,asked by a lithe young wild haired woman who had waited the entire discussion to ask her question. “Since all of you as artists create your own world in your work, what artists world would you chose to live in?” Brilliant question.
Kate stated that she was conflicted, in that of artists that came to mind, she did not think she could live in their worlds.
Opie offered up Gloria Steinem to applause.
Laura after some consideration said that she would consider Michael Angelo, but after some more thought decided perhaps not considering dealing with the pope and endless hours on your back in the Sistine chapel.
Soth perhaps had the most surprising answer. He stated that he had really developed an interest in fashion out of this project and discussion. He would elect “to become the third Mulleavy sister”, to which Catherine conceded, “then I would have to be the brother.”