// Rodarte, Catherine Opie, Alec Soth
One thing about the Rodarte sisters’ maverick status in the fashion world is that it grants them total freedom, a sort of unfuckwithableness that allows them to go as high or low as they want. Their myriad collaborations with artists and art institutions put them just this side of the fashion/art divide, but then they go and create one of the most successful Target designer collaborations made thus far (i.e., you didn’t return it all the next day, did you?)
Their latest bold endeavor is a book, the kind of coffee-table tome mainly reserved for old-guard fashion houses with long histories. Coming just five years after the inception of the line, Rodarte is an exploration into the world of Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s inspirations through the lenses of two fine art photographers, Catherine Opie and Alec Soth. Friends over at Dossier have posted a short interview with Soth, and AnotherMag posted one with Opie and the Mulleavys. All four visionaries will be giving a talk about the book and their collaborative process at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on October 19th. I will be missing it by a day, but I’m seriously considering changing my flight home in order to make it.