The Huntington Library Hosts Pasadena's Princesses of Fashion for Industry Runway Show

Published : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | 6:16 AM

For some 14 years the Rodarte label has been synonymous with designs that caress the borders of art, its Pasadena-bred founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy, crowned with the laurels of true creatives.

The sisters will host a Rodarte runway show at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens Feb. 5, a first fashion fling for the stately institution.

A-List attendees are anticipated for Tuesday’s extravaganza. Cate Blanchett, Kanye West, Beyonce—and lots more—have all been seen wearing the brand.

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2001, Kate and Laura Mulleavy returned home to Pasadena where they started Rodarte. The brand’s first runway collection debuted in September 2005 to critical acclaim, and they never looked back.

The Mulleavy sisters’ taste is heavily inspired by the West Coast and their California upbringing.

They possess no formal training in fashion or design, and their avant style isn’t, shall we say, confected with the masses in mind. Floral, gothic, “out there” are some of the adjectives that have been applied to their eclectic productions.

Innovators and collaborators, the Style Sisters wrote and directed a film about the Redwood forest in 2017 that starred Kirsten Dunst. The siblings also helped design costumes for the 2010 psychological horror film Black Swan starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.

Rain is currently forecasted, so expect the show to take place in a dome on the 120-acre gardens. What better place to show Rodarte’s clothing than the beautifully landscaped gardens of the Huntington on a dramatic day?

Rodarte has partnered with JNSQ wines for the show, which starts at 2 p.m. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens are located at 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA. Visit

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