Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the designers behind Rodarte, turned to Vincent Van Gogh for inspiration for their Spring 2012 RTW line. They pulled from the artist’s color palettes and brushstroke patterns in two of his most famous works, Starry Night and Sunflowers, for a collection of short dresses. The references to the painter were blatant; however, the silhouettes were a little too prom-y for me.
This is not the first time the Mulleavy sisters have interlaced fashion and art. For the New York Times Magazine 2010 Winter Olympic portfolio, the designers collaborated with artist Ryan McGinley on custom designed knitwear for Olympic athletes. That same year, the designers were awarded a National Arts Award from Americans for the Arts – the first designers to receive that honor. Rodarte is included in the permanent collections of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Museum at FIT, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the brand has been featured in solo exhibitions around the country. The designers are constantly engaging in unique ways to merge the worlds of fashion and art, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.