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Rodarte Takes Center Stage at LAMOCA

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Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art has upped its cool quotient of late. Last year it tapped art dealer Jeffrey Deitch as its new director, which sent the art world into a frenzy upon hearing the news. Since his appointment, Deitch, who was known as much for his wild parties at Art Basel Miami Beach as his keen ability to launch the careers of so many emerging artists, has kept us on our toes from his new West Coast outpost.

His latest showstopper? “Rodarte: States of Matter.” This exhibition presents recent work in fashion and costume design by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. Installed as a series of interrelated conceptual vignettes, both static and in motion, the installation portrays garments as charged sculptural objects. With installation design by Alexandre de Betak—known for his fabulous runway production for Viktor & Rolf, Victoria’s Secret and of course, Rodarte—the exhibition features pieces from Rodarte’s Spring 2011, Fall 2010, and Fall 2008 runway collections, as well as original ballet costumes designed by Kate and Laura for the feature film, Black Swan.

This marks the CFDA-award winners’ first West Coast show, which is quite a homecoming for the Pasadena-born Mulleavy sisters. Last year the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum mounted a solo show, “Quicktake: Rodarte” in New York.

States of Matter is on view through June 5 at LAMOCA’s satellite space, the Pacific Design Center.

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