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The Huntington Library Goes Hollywood with Rodarte Runway

Published on Friday, February 8, 2019 | 6:30 pm

This past Tuesday, Hollywood and fashion’s finest arrived at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, Botanical Gardens to witness Rodarte debut their fall-winter collection.
High-profile guests populated the Rose Hills Foundation Garden Court, a 36-foot-high glass dome on the Huntington grounds.
The event was moved indoors due to inclement weather, but sun came out shortly before commencement, embellishing the presentation with a crisp and rejuvenated air.
John C. Reilly, Diane Keaton, Shailene Woodley, Tracee Ellis Ross, Elijah Wood, and singer-songwriter Miguel were some of the familiar faces in the crowd.
Actresses Brie Larson, Lucy Boynton, Rowan Blanchard, and the Haim sisters (of the pop-rock band HAIM) were all dressed in Rodarte clothes themselves.
The collection was dominated by glittery dresses and loud, decorative frills. Floral headdresses, plentiful bows, and bright colors popped. The dresses were voluminous, wavy silhouettes evoking the sensibility of an earlier, bygone era.
“The collection was really referencing musicals in an abstract way,” Laura Mulleavy told The Hollywood Reporter. “The idea of dance in cinema from the ‘30s to the ‘70s was interesting to us in the colors and fabrications,”
The runway show marked the first time Kate and Laura Mulleavy, sisters and founders of the art-fashion brand, have presented their floral and gothic styles in their own hometown.
The siblings created Rodarte ion 2004, upon return to their parents’ home in Pasadena, after graduating from UC Berkeley.
With Rodarte’s show coming only hours before New York Fashion Week kicked off (NYFW runs from Feb. 8 to Feb. 16), the star-studded audience spoke to the Mulleavy sisters’ consolidated stature as fashion innovators.

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