Jul 01, 2011 12:00AM

Rodarte Pitti Immagine Collection

Ethereal gowns and abandoned factories.

Eighty-eight brands were selected to present at the prestigious Pitti. Amongst them, Rodarte was a stand out. With a helping hand from Alexandre de Betak and Bureau Betak, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy used neon tubing and old, cracked mirrors to transform an abandoned factory building in central Florence into a customised space. They suspended ten floor-length gowns from the ceiling, each one carefully constructed from feathers, Swarovski crystals, silk georgette, chiffon, organza, satin, taffeta, lame, sequins, and tulle. Four of the gowns even incorporated hand-forged gold metal pieces in breastplates, belts and metal headbands. The colour palette included pink, melon, gold, white, aqua, pistachio, dusty blue, lapis lazuli, lavender, mauve and crimson.

The hanging dresses recalled classical sculptures. Unsurprisingly, the sisters were inspired by Florentian art history and religious iconography, specifically Fra Angelico's frescoes in the monks' cells at the Convent of San Marco and Bernini's The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. If you weren't one of the lucky few invited to preview their work, you can see the collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where the pieces will live on after Pitti.

News & Features

Lana Del Rey Announces First Track From 'Ultraviolence'

Beach frolicking and an Instagram selfie.


Review: Ellery SS14/15

Plus a quickie MBFWA interview!


Studio Visit: Emma Mulholland

Risque Business. Plus a playlist!


Youngbloods: Casting @ IMG

Shot by Kelly Geddes.


Review & Giveaway: Only Lovers Left Alive

Ian Barr reviews Jim Jarmusch.


CLUES: NLP SS14/15

Nikki Lee Penny's Fashion Week teaser.


Watch: Romance Was Born x Rebecca Baumann ‘Reflected Glory’

A prelude to the label’s SS14/15 exhibition at MBFWA.


CLUES: Alice McCall SS14/15

Celebrating their 10th anniversary at fashion week.


FEELTHEFUTURE x Bianca Chandon

We interview Alex Olson on his new label.


Top 10: Fashion Week Predictions

Including getting single white femaled, POMS and Susie Bubble.


Studio Visit: Desert Designs SS14/15

#togethertowardsthewater


Marina Abramovic's Response To Kimye's Cover Is The Best

Involves her appearing "perplexed and amused."


Studio Visit: Haryono Setiadi SS14/15

Plus, fashion week CLUES and a playlist.


Drew Barrymore's 90s Makeup Tutorial

Plus we celebrate her best 90s looks #TBT.


Oyster Playlists: Halfway Crooks Turn 5!

They made you three rap mixes!


Robert Smith's All-Caps Rant At Guardian Critic

"The review was – to put it politely – lazy nonsense"


Transgender Model Gives Eloquent TED Talk On Gender Fluidity

Gender is fluid, complex and mysterious.


Courtney Love To Make Kurt Cobain Broadway Show

Plus, she reunites the classic Hole lineup.


This 'Game Of Thrones' Emoji Recap Is Surprisingly Thorough

Caution: Emoji-style spoilers within.


Twin Peaks Is Alive On Twitter

"I'll see you again in 25 years."