Perhaps more than any other designers, Kate and Laura Mulleavy have infiltrated the art world--with their own art-inspired collections, collaborations with artists and now a growing costume design business. About a year after their buzzed-about gig designing ballet costumes for Black Swan, the Rodarte duo are slated to dress the cast of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in May, the L.A. Times blogged today.
It's not super surprising. Aside from the fact that the Mulleavys are based in L.A. and enmeshed in the art scene there, they're not the only fashion designers to take a stab at designing for the stage. Most recently, British designer Kinder Aggugini signed on to design costumes for the English National Ballet for the second time. Also, late last year, Stella McCartney designed costumes for a ballet that her father scored. Viktor & Rolf and Christian Lacroix have also designed for the stage--the latter on numerous occasions.
Laura told the LA Times, “It only took a few seconds to say ‘yes.' My grandmother sang opera, and if she were alive today, this would be her proudest moment.” They also said the costumes "won’t be oriented to a period in history but will be more abstract," which should be interesting.
Obviously, this means the designers' Black Swan credit snub didn't put them off costume design forever. And we can't wait to see what they do next.