Beauty: Years of training, years of suffering, years of mistakes, years of pain: Everlasting

Posted on November 14 2010

Below, an excerpt from my interview with Rodarte for Industrie Magazine, out at the end of the month.

K: Black Swan was really fascinating for us because it had elements of all the things we were interested in, voyeurism…

L: …We had already done a collection about ballet…

K: …And about horror films…

L: So, it was really interesting to have a project come along that was dealing with all the same subject matter but needed a visual world which we could create.

K: It wasn’t just about making some beautiful shoes either. It was one of the hardest things we’ve ever done. Ballet is so beautiful but it’s also very brutal – to defy your body, to exist to perform. It’s not this pristine beauty…

L: …But the audience must believe it is – they have to believe in the idea of that beauty but also understand that someone’s spent 20 years of their life crucifying their body.

K: We had already experimented with similar subject matter in our knitwear - the idea of a deterioration and disintegration that has a profound beauty to it. So the film seemed like something that was right for us to do.

photo: a still from “Runaway” by Kanye West.

L: Laura

K: Kate

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte


L: He even went outside and looked for us. Then when we finally showed up, I’m walking down and it’s Kanye West!

K: It’s one of those really crazy stories because never in my life did I ever think Kanye West could have seen something we had done. He’s such an amazing talent and we were really honoured to have him at our show. You’re always excited to share your work with interesting people – especially when they are as amazing as Kanye.


Also Rodarte on Tupac.


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