Kate and Laura
Los Angeles, CA
2009 USA Fellow
This award was generously supported by the Target Corporation.
Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy established their label Rodarte in 2005, and in less than five years they have become one of the most important fashion houses to emerge from the United States. While not formally trained in fashion—Kate studied art history and Laura studied literature at UC Berkeley—they bring a range of knowledge beyond the normative history of fashion to the industry. They fold this experience into their meticulous craftsmanship celebrating the female body in ways that are reminiscent of classic couture coupled with art and sci-fi imagery. Their one-of-a-kind gowns and ready-to-wear knits are highly regarded and push the boundaries of what the avant-garde can be in American fashion today. Rodarte has received numerous awards and accolades for their fashion-forward thinking and their work is already in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. J.R.