A continuous line of what seemed to be 100 people or more created a shadow outside of the satellite location of MOCA (Museum of Contempory Art) as jazz played in a dimly lit corner of an otherwise dark area of the Pacific Design Center. Mostly donned in black, Angelenos have been anticipating this West Coast duo’s debut on their home turf. Critically acclaimed Black Swan costume pieces designed by Rodarte were featured in an exhibit honoring the sister design duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy.
The wait was worth it as the extraordinary pieces from Rodarte’s Spring 2010 Collection, Fall 2010 Collection and of course the famous tiny tutus from Black Swan went on display. Each piece was dismantled and simply streaming from a single wire thread as to show their “states of matter”. As my my eyes took hold of each and all 18 piece collection, the awe-striking beauty of each detail, with its layering silk chiffon and lace, depicted no identical reference to the next.
Below, you will find images from the exhibit as well a video from Rodarte’s exhibition at Cooper-Hewitt in New York City. It’s safe to say, all agreement echos with the words of MOCA director, Jeffrey Deitch, “…they were creating art using fashion as their medium…Their references are so different and distinct from other designers, and more like an artist’s reference”.
Rodarte: States of Matter runs until June 5, 2011. [via fashionetc]