The American luxury label Rodarte was founded by Kate and Laura Mulleavy in Los Angeles in 2005. Rodarte is known for its artistic mixture of high couture, modern femininity, and California influences.
The designers have collaborated on special projects with Frank Gehry, 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.
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.
Catherine Opie’s portrait of the Mulleavy sisters was showcased at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California.