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The American luxury label Rodarte was founded by Kate and Laura Mulleavy in Los Angeles in 2005. A conceptual and innovative brand, Rodarte is known for its artistic mixture of high couture, modern femininity, and California influences. For their intricately crafted,multi-layered garments and explorations into other art forms, Kate and Laura Mulleavy have won numerous awards and accolades, including the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year, United States Artists Grant, and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion in 2009; the National Arts Award from Americans for the Arts in 2010; and most recently, the Legend of Fashion Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. In 2010, the 16th Annual Broadcast Film Critics Awards nominated Kate and Laura for the ballet costumes they designed and produced for Darren Aronofsky’s film Black Swan. In 2011, their first solo show Rodarte: States of Matter, opened at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and later that year, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presented RODARTE: Fra Angelico Collection, a collection of ten couture gowns. The designers have collaborated on special projects with Frank Gehry and Gustavo Dudamel on the LA Philharmonic’s production of Don Giovanni; Benjamin Millepied on costumes for the New York City Ballet’s Two Hearts and L.A. Dance Project’s Moving Parts; and Catherine Opie and Alec Soth on Rodarte, Catherine Opie, Alec Soth, their first monograph. Rodarte's works are featured in the permanent collections of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

2005

The first Rodarte collection, comprised of 10 hand-finished pieces, appears on the February 3rd, 2005 cover of Women’s Wear Daily within days of Kate and Laura’s first trip to New York. Shortly thereafter, in September 2005, Rodarte presents its first complete runway collection to accolades during New York Fashion Week.

In Fall 2005, Rodarte is awarded the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award and the line gains support from key retailers including Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Colette, Ikram and Neiman Marcus.

2006

Rodarte is nominated for its first CFDA Swarovski Emerging Womenswear Designer award in June 2006, followed by another nomination in 2007.

In Fall 2006, Rodarte is awarded runner-up in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition following their critically acclaimed Spring 2007 collection and another WWD cover story.

2008

Rodarte’s Fall 2008 collection, presented
in February 2008, is named Top 10 by Style.com, New York Times and Women’s Wear Daily. Soon after, the Metropolitan Musuem of Art’s Costume Institute acquires its first Rodarte gown into the permanent collection and features the gown in its Blog.Mode exhibition in April 2008.

In Summer 2008, Rodarte is selected a finalist in the ANDAM competition.

Rodarte is awarded the CFDA Swarovski Emerging Womenswear Designer award in June 2008.

Rachel Weisz appears on the cover of American Vogue’s October 2008 issue wearing Rodarte.

2009

Rodarte’s Spring 2009 collection, presented in September 2008, is named Top 10 by Women’s Wear Daily Collections and Vogue.com.

Rodarte is awarded the Swiss Textiles Award in November 2008, becoming the first American designers and the first women to receive the award.

Rodarte’s Fall 2009 collection, presented in February 2009, is named Top 10 by Vogue.com.

Rodarte is Cooper Hewitt’s 2009 National Design Awards Fashion Design Finalist.

Rodarte is featured on the cover of the May 2009 issue of Vogue.

Rodarte is awarded the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award in June 2009.

Rodarte’s Spring 2010 collection, presented in September 2009, is named Top by 10 by Vogue.com and Style.com.

Kate and Laura are one of the 50 recipients to win the 2009 United States Artists Fellowship.

2010

Rodarte collaborates with Todd Cole a short film entitled “Aanteni”, featuring Guinevere van Seenus and scored by NO AGE.

Rodarte has their first solo-exhibition, Quicktake: Rodarte, at the Cooper- Hewitt in February 2010 and are the first fashion designers in 20 years to be reviewed in Artforum.

Rodarte’s Fall 2010 collection, presented in February 2010, is named Top 10 by Vogue.com.

Rodarte designs limited edition posters and t-shirts for the 50th anniversary re-release of Breathless by Jean Luc Godard.

Rodarte is awarded the Cooper Hewitt 2010 National Design Award for fashion.

Kate and Laura are awarded a National Arts Award from Americans for the Arts, becoming the first fashion designers to receive the honor.

Rodarte collaborates with Brody Condon for a performance piece in PS1 MOVE! exhibition.

Vogue names Rodarte a Top 10 collection, this time for their Spring 2011 collection.

Rodarte designs ballet costumes for the Het National Ballet, which premieres on October 15, 2010 in Amsterdam. The ballet is choreographed by Benjamin Millepied and scored by Nico Muhly.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte design the ballet costumes and other key character costumes for Natalie Portman in the film Black Swan by Darren Aronovsky.

Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, premieres at the Venice Film Festival with Portman wearing in a custom design by Rodarte to the gala event.

Kate and Laura guest edit Lula #11, which features Charlotte Gainsbourg on the cover in Rodarte photographed by Nan Goldin.

Rodarte’s Spring 2011 collection is voted “Best in Shows” in Wallpaper’s 2011 Design Awards.

Kate and Laura are nominated at 16th Annual Broadcast Film Critics Awards in the Costume Design category for their work in Black Swan.

2011

Rodarte collaborates with Todd Cole on a short film entitled “The Curve of Forgotten Things,” featuring Elle Fanning and scored by Deerhunter.

Rodarte’s Fall 2011 collection is voted in the Best Collections of the Season by Vogue.

Rodarte’s first west coast exhibition, Rodarte: States of Matter opens in March at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Natalie Portman wears a custom Plum Silk Rodarte Gown to the 83rd Academy Awards where she wins Best Actress for her work as Nina in Black Swan.

Rodarte’s collaboration with artist Brody Condon is reinterpreted, performed, and acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The first Rodarte Monograph, Rodarte, Catherine Opie, Alec Soth, is published by JRP Ringier.

Kate and Laura are guest designers at Pitti Uomo 80 + Witti W8. On Thursday, June 16, 2011 Rodarte unveils a site-specific installation in Florence showcasing ten new couture pieces created exclusively on the occasion of the 8th edition of Pitti W, set to head to the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA.)

Kate and Laura guest edit Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope: All Story Magazine.

2012

Taylor Swift wears Rodarte on the cover of the February 2013 issue of Vogue, which also features a story of her wearing all Rodarte designs inside the issue.

Rodarte designs costumes in collaboration with Frank Gehry (Set design) and Gustavo Dudamel (Conductor) for the La Philharmonic’s performance of Don Giovanni.

Rodarte guest edits A Magazine #11, including editorials with Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Rodarte designs costumes for the New York City Ballet’s production of “Two Hearts”, directed by Benjamin Millepied.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy collaborate with Mr. Millepied again for the ballet “Moving Parts.”

Kate and Laura Mulleavy are named one of Fast Company’s “50 Designers Shaping The Future” in October 2012.

Rodarte’s Black Swan Costume is displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the show entitled Hollywood Costume.

Rodarte curates Grey Magazine’s Fall 2012 issue, collaborating with photographer
 Nan Goldin on a 40-page archival shoot.

2013

Rodarte is honored by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with the Legend of Fashion Award.

Rodarte collaborates with Todd Cole on a short film entitled “This Must Be The Only Fantasy,” featuring Sidney Williams, Elijah Wood, and Guinevere Van Seenus, with an original score by Beach House.

Four runway designs from Rodarte’s Fall/Winter 2008 and Spring/Summer 2009 collections are included in the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit PUNK: Chaos to Couture.

Katy Perry appears on the cover of American Vogue’s July 2013 issue wearing Rodarte.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy collaborate with John Baldessari on cover artwork for Garage Russia’s Fall/Winter 2013 issue.

2014

Rodarte and Todd Cole’s short film, “This Must Be The Only Fantasy”, is awarded the Webby People’s Choice Award.

Rodarte’s Spring 2015 collection, presented
 in september 2014, is named top 10 by Style.com, Vogue.com and Women’s Wear Daily.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy collaborate with the Rug Company on a four-style collection of handmade rugs.

Rodarte guest edits issue 24 of the Thing Quarterly, creating a vinyl picture disc with contributions from Todd Cole and No Age.

2015

Vogue names Rodarte a Top 10 collection, this time for their Fall 2015 collection.

London’s Design Museum nominates Rodarte’s Star Wars-inspired gowns from their Fall/Winter 2014 collection for their Design of the Year 2015 Awards.