Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind the Los Angeles–based fashion brand Rodarte, are voracious cinephiles who love to share movies with each other. Their eye-popping couture designs often draw inspiration from adventurous filmmakers, and since their debut in 2005, they’ve made their own idiosyncratic journey to the big screen by collaborating on Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and directing their own feature film, Woodshock. A while back, Kate and Laura—whose latest collection delighted audiences at New York Fashion Week earlier this month—stopped by for a visit to our closet to pick up a handful of movies that have special meaning for them. Among their selections was the film that first led them to reach out to Criterion years ago, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s The Double Life of Véronique; the art-house classic was prominently referenced in their very first collection, and we sent them Blu-ray copies to hand out at the show.
Watch the video above to hear them talk about their cinematic idols, including risk-takers like Wong Kar Wai, David Cronenberg, and John Waters. Then check out their tribute to one of their all-time favorites, Robert Altman’s 3 Sisters, which we shot with them in 2018.