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Rodarte is created by the two Mulleavy sisters, Laura and Kate.[1][2] The label is the namesake of their mother's maiden name.[3] Neither has formal fashion training which seems to allow their work to be more fantastical and unusual.

Both women attended the University of California.[4] Kate studied art history and Laura studied English literature. In 2001, they both moved back to their parent's house in Los Angeles and raised $20,000 in seed funding in order to launch their fashion line.[5]

The designers first learnt how to sew and design by deconstructing a Chanel frock.[6] Since then their pieces have become known for being feminine, beautiful as well as having an air of couture-like construction.[7] Their collections are unlike anything else going on in the fashion world, and yet fits in perfectly at the top of the hierarchy, as if it were always meant to be.

The first collection was released in Fall 2005 at New York Fashion Week with ten pieces[8] and quickly gained followers from celebrities such as Keira Knightley and Kirsten Dunst.[9]

Their follow up collection was with 16 pieces and gained them the 2006 Eco Domani Fashion Foundation Award.[10]. They are now stocked globally, including in Bergdorf Goodman, Collette and Neiman Marcus.[11]

The label have released diffusion lines for both Opening Ceremony and Target.[12] They first released a range for Target in December 2009.

The pair were also asked in 2007 by Gap to be one of the brands to design a limited-edition white shirt for the label.[13]

Rodarte for Opening Ceremony

Rodarte for Target


  1. Criterion
  2. Rodarte
  3. Teen Vogue
  4. Show Studio
  5. WSJ
  6. Teen Vogue
  7. Paris LA
  8. Target
  9. Fashion Week Daily
  10. Show Studio
  11. Target
  12. Opening Ceremony
  13. Observer

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