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Mulleavy Sisters Explain Tattoos and Burnt Fabric at Rodarte Spring 2010

As reported earlier, Kate and Laura Mulleavy showed a line-up of battle-worn women painted in tribal tatoos for spring 2010. Today the talented sisters of Rodarte gave Dazed Digital a rundown of what exactly they were thinking in designing such fierce collection.

Inspired by a trip with Johnson Hartig of Libertine to California's Death Valley, Kate and Laura started "imagining this empty house, like what would be left behind. So we imagined this woman who was stranded and mangled and burnt alive, and then being reborn as a Californian condor. What we wanted to say was that this person could tell a story. Their bodies would be a physical transformation, there would be scars everywhere. So that’s where the tattoos on the body come in. And the idea of having hair that looked like it still had ash on it."

Side note: MAC makeup artist James Kaliardos worked with Kate and Laura for a month finalizing the full-sleeve, half-sleeve and neck tattoo designs, and a team of 40 MAC artist worked for over four hours to ink each model on the day of the Rodarte show.

To build the collection, they began by burning, staining and sandpapering all types of expensive fabrics, then spent two months hand braiding leather, plastic and macramé to piece together the look of a stranded woman in the middle of the desert. Ultimately, said the sisters, "it's about empowerment and survival and coming up stronger for it." [Dazed Digital]

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