Rodarte creates magic for exhibition – LA, Sophia Banks- Coloma.
Rodarte creates magic for exhibition!
I couldn’t believe I happened upon this amazing exhibit the other day at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
One of my absolute favorite designers, Rodarte, designed a limited number of dresses for the museum inspired by frescoes painted by the early Italian Renaissance artist, Fra Angelico. I was so impressed by the dramatic headpieces, breastplates and belts made of gold against the delicate fabrics and intricate handiwork of the gowns. The plethora of embellishments used on the garments included: Swarovski crystals, feathers, sequins and even hand-molded Easter lilies! The ultimate in fabulous excess!
The LA based sister designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy commented: “We are so honored that our Fra Angelico Collection from Pitti Immagine in Florence has come to LACMA, and to see it installed amongst the museum’s masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance is an incomparable experience for us,”
I couldn’t help thinking about how important art, no matter how ancient, is to the inspiration process whether it is in creating a gown, writing a scintillating story or putting together an outfit. Sometimes taking a look back can propel you forward into something new and amazing.
The gowns, displayed in the Italian Renaissance gallery, are truly stunning masterpieces among masterpieces!