What’s a girl to do when she wants to be in the presence of bejeweled fabrics, delicate lace, and textured tulle?! Go to fashion week, of course!!
Unfortunately for me, I’m just a regular HENRY and that noteworthy experience is out of my reach.
National Museum for Women in the Arts (NMWA)
To get my fix for sumptuous fabrics, I headed to the Rodarte exhibit at the National Museum for Women in the Arts (NMWA), here in Washington, D.C. The exhibit began on November 10, 2018 and runs through February 10, 2019. So for those of you in the D.C. metro area, you still have some time to catch it!
This particular exhibit had been on my radar for a while, but I didn’t carve out time for it until recently. Usually, I avoid going to museums on the weekend due to the crowds. Also, reading the miniature placards describing the items is basically impossible in a stuffed museum! This time around, Sunday was my only option. It was just my luck that NMWA was EXTRA crowded when I went because the government shutdown was still underway, which also caused the Smithsonian museums in the area to close. So all those people that were restless for museum time were all with me at NMWA. Great. So if you can, avoid going during peak hours. Your experience will be much better.
Despite the crowds, the exhibit was beautiful and worth a visit. Below are some highlights and images, but in no way does it spoil anything. This exhibit is worth seeing in person!
Rodarte is a luxury fashion house founded by sisters Kate and Laura Mullevy in 2005. The house is known to draw influence from nature and art-history. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the sisters regard their pieces as wearable art — a fact that is instantly apparent at the NMWA Rodarte exhibit.
Rodarte in DC
The exhibit highlights the fashion house’s craftsmanship and innovative concepts. There are more than 90 complete looks, with the mannequins outfitted in the same manner they were presented on the runway. The placement of the pieces are so accessible that every intricate detail and design element can be analyzed without strain. So, seriously, if you never get an opportunity to witness a runway show first hand, this is a noteworthy alternative. Experiencing luxury without having to dole out the commensurate amount of cash: priceless. Honestly, this is maybe better than the runway because you can stand and stare at dresses as long as you want.
Please check it out and let me know what your favorite piece is!