The Mysterious Fashion Business of Rodarte

Los Angeles fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy hit it big after their New York runway debut in 2005. Their label is called Rodarte, and they’ve been the toast of high fashion ever since. Rodarte clothing has appeared on the cover of Vogue, been worn by First Lady Michelle Obama and A-list actresses. It’s been in museum shows and in the movie Black Swan. This year, the Mulleavy sisters are up for fashion’s equivalent of the best picture Oscar, the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year, which they won in 2009. For all the awards and accolades, though, fashion critic Robin Givhan wonders whether Rodarte should actually be eligible for the award.