LA’s MOCA Readies Rodarte Exhibition, an Out-of-Body Experience

Following last year’s outstanding “Quicktake” exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Rodarte will get its close-up on the other side of the country with a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Since founding the fashion house in 2005, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy have earned the support of major retailers (and reportedly the keen interest of a certain luxury goods giant) as well as a growing list of honors, including the CFDA Womenswear Design of the Year award and the National Design Award for Fashion. “We are very excited that MOCA will present the first museum exhibition of our work in Los Angeles,” said Kate Mulleavy, in a statement issued today by MOCA. “The exhibition will explore the transitional states of garments and examine them as vessels without bodies.” Opening March 4, “Rodarte: States of Matter” will feature approximately 20 pieces from the house’s spring 2010, fall 2010, and fall 2008 collections as well as original ballet costumes the Mulleavys designed for Black Swan. MOCA curator Rebecca Morse is keeping the focus on construction with pieces that are mostly black and white with occasional red accents, while exhibition designer Alexandre de Betak is masterminding a mannequin-free installation that will display the garments as “charged sculptural objects.” Expect kinetic displays, dramatic lighting, and other theatrical elements that have become a staple of Rodarte runway shows.

Can’t wait ’til March for your Rodarte fix? Enjoy this video created for last year’s Cooper-Hewitt exhibition: