The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. is celebrating fashion brand Rodarte in an exciting new showcase. Running from November 10, 2018 to February 10, 2019, this showcase will put a spotlight on the early days of the influential fashion label.
“The celebrated American luxury fashion house Rodarte, founded by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, is featured this fall in the first fashion exhibition organized by NMWA,” the museum announced on its website. “Rodarte showcases the designers’ visionary concepts, impeccable craftsmanship, and profound impact on the fashion industry.”
“The exhibition explores the distinctive design principles, material concerns, and reoccurring themes that position the Mulleavys’ work within the landscape of contemporary art and fashion,” the museum added. “Spanning the first 13 years of Rodarte, more than 90 complete looks, presented as they were shown on the runway, highlight selections from their most pivotal collections. Through a conceptual blend of high fashion and modern femininity that employs a multiplicity of textiles and meticulous couture techniques, Rodarte has drawn critical acclaim from both the art and fashion worlds since its inception in 2005.”
Museum admission, which includes access to this exhibit, is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youth 18 years and younger. The first Sunday of every month is a Community Day at NMWA, with free admission to all exhibitions.
In addition, the museum will be celebrating its Rodarte opening party on November 9 after-hours from 8 PM – 11 PM. Guests will be able to enjoy a first look at the exhibition, plus light refreshments and an open bar. General admission for this event is $50, or $40 for members. Reserve your spot online for this particular event.
On November 28, NMWA Associate Educator Ashley W. Harris will be discussing works from the Rodarte exhibit in a lunchtime Gallery Talk session. This will take place from 12 PM – 12:30 PM, no admission fee or reservation required.