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Reviewed by: Christopher Luu
Can't make it to the couture shows? Doesn't matter -- LA-based fashion darlings Rodarte don't show in Paris anyway. The hometown heroes are, however, showcasing a couture-worthy collection at LACMA with Fra Angelico, an exhibition of gowns inspired by Italian Renaissance frescoes.
Debuting December 17th, the 10 gowns have all the trademark Rodarte touches, including intricate detailing with crytals, sequins, custom-made silk flowers and feathers. What's not typical? The hand-forged accessories like belts, headpieces and breastplates that accent a few key pieces. The collection is inspired by the duo's love of Italian art, especially the Renaissance frescoes housed at the monastery of San Marco by Fra Angelico in Florence, Italy. Another touchstone? The famous Ecstacy of St. Theresa by Bernini. Unlike the usual gothic references, dark themes and otherworldy inspirations that they've come to be known for, the Mulleavy sisters stuck to a color palette of soft pastels, reflecting the aged frescoes they drew from. So while you might not get a glimpse of the glitterati sitting front row at the Paris shows, these couture creations are high fashion in every sense.