Tony Scott

Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind Rodarte, move into film with 'Woodshock'

Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind Rodarte, move into film with 'Woodshock'

The Mulleavy sisters grew up on the edge of an old-growth redwood forest, two girls in the shadows of trees larger than the Statue of Liberty. Their grandfather, a retired Army man, would sometimes make them march into the woods because he wanted them to be outside. But then they would roam free, quiet and unmonitored, exploring the Santa Cruz wilderness in a place where imagination felt infinite.

It was such a formative period for the siblings that when they launched their own couture line, Rodarte, they drew upon the texture of the trees in their early collections, creating dresses inspired by redwood bark. Still, the question lingered: “Why are these trees somehow speaking to...

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