Rodarte Debuts 10-Piece Couture Collection

On June 16, the duo behind Rodarte (sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy) debuted a collection of ten couture gowns at Pitti W in Florence. Producer Alex de Betak transformed an abandoned clothing store into a labyrinthine space sectioned off into individual “cells,” into which were placed each of the Rodarte creations.

The duo cites Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint Teresa and the frescoes on the walls of the Convent of San Marco as two specific sources of inspiration for their pieces.

The Mulleavy sisters carefully created a collection that features lush materials like silk and lamé. The gowns were adorned with everything from ruffles and molded Easter lilies to pearls and crystals.

Although the collection was inspired by Florentine art, the gowns exude a certain Old Hollywood elegance. This is fitting, since all ten pieces will eventually be donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and will be featured in the museum’s permanent collection.