Laura and Kate Mulleavy made it as designers with respective
degrees in Art History and Literature, but zero formal training in fashion.
Pasadena natives, the sisters began their company at their parents’ kitchen
table, dropped everything to move to New York, and secured meetings with
Bergdorf’s and Anna Wintour after sending handmade paper dolls around town.
Emerging as wunderkinds, the sisters put Rodarte on the map with their
couture-inspired touches and a chic take on “pretty.” A project designing the
December 2013 cover for
with their favorite artist,
, is the
most recent in a series of forays into the art world, which also included an
exhibition of Fra Angelico-inspired gowns at LACMA in 2011. Perhaps most
notable in terms of art-inspired fashion was their Spring 2012 ready-to-wear
collection inspired by Vincent van Gogh.