The curating designers of A MAGAZINE‘s 11th issue is the designer sister duo Rodarte. Paying homage to their home state, they have decided to put the California Grizzly Bear on the cover.
“Hailing from Pasadena, the sisters received their liberal arts degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001, and established the label Rodarte (taken from their mother’s Spanish maiden name) in 2005. The pair debuted their first collection in New York for Spring Summer 2006, to critical acclaim – and have since been lauded worldwide for their artistic, artisanal approach to fashion, fused with abstract cultural references from the disciplines of history, science, cinema and art.
‘A MAGAZINE curated by Rodarte’ explores the world of Kate and Laura Mulleavy across 200 pages of photography, art, interviews, and personal contributions. In an ode to the West Coast and the Mulleavy’s singular vision of America, A#11 weaves a vibrant tapestry of natural and built environments, featuring inspiring landscapes and the characters that inhabit those worlds. Highlights include two exclusively commissioned portfolios, featuring Kirsten Dunst in the Rodarte Fall Winter 2011 collection photographed by David Armstrong, and Elle Fanning in the Rodarte ten-piece Spring Summer 2012 Couture collection photographed by Bill Owens.
With artistic contributions from contemporary talents such as Jay DeFeo, John Baldessari and Buffy’s Joss Whedon, the pages of A#11 offer vivid imagery that plays not only upon Kate and Laura’s own personal experience, but elements of history and the background of their favorite people and places.
Fusing content from the Rodarte archives with never-before-seen imagery and interviews, A#11 is an ultimately personal oeuvre, a ‘carte-blanche’ that Kate and Laura have approached with relish and truly inspired ideas. From the beaches of Santa Cruz to the distant stars to the history of California’s extinct Grizzlies, A#11 is an eye-opening, side-winding work that bridges the worlds of fashion, art, music and film across the last century.”
The new issue will hit newsstands December 2011.