Fashion and the Force: Rodarte’s Star Wars Gowns

Rodarte's Star Wars gowns

In 2005, Laura and Kate Mulleavy founded Rodarte, a luxury brand instantly lauded for its distinct design concepts and intricate textile inventions. A conceptual and innovative brand, Rodarte is known for its artistic mixture of high couture, California influences, and explorations into other art forms.

Our fall 2014 was inspired by our nostalgia for our childhood, delving into the ephemeral space of our imagination, highlighting our fascination with storytelling and cinema, culminating with the inclusion of artwork from Star Wars in the five couture gowns ending the collection. More than anything, this collection is about the limitless possibilities of youth and how our imagination transformed our backyard into a great adventure.

We integrated film stills from the Star Wars saga into the printed silk textiles for our finale gowns. These images have impacted us greatly both as young women and as adults; their influences have been broad, shaping our aesthetic understandings, as well as our connection to storytelling, art, film, innovation, and creativity.

Memory is abstract in nature so it is difficult to put into words why creating the finale gowns with Stars Wars imagery was so important to the idea of the collection. It is more about the feeling that they would convey than any sort of explanation, which speaks greatly to the films’ poetry. They are the only films that we can never remember not having seen, and in many ways, they seem to have become a part of who we are. In a broader sense, they have melded with the collective conscious of our cultural DNA. They are a heartbeat that joins so many people together or a complex nervous system, connecting far off worlds with the very real and universal human experience.

On top of all of this, the films of the saga are, simply put, fun…just like jumping into the ocean, one’s first kiss, or seeing the stars on a clear night.

In the end, for Rodarte, the dresses represent something intangible…the instantaneous and overwhelming moment of impact that changes the way you see the world…the instant where you learn to keep your eyes wide open to the vast potentiality of everything.