10 Fun Facts You Should Know About The Rodarte Sisters

American design gurus Kate and Laura Mulleavy are fashion editor darlings. Now they can add The New Yorker to their list of adoring publications. The sister act behind Rodarte allowed the mag to tail them during their fall 2009 creative process and uncover some personal peculiarities in the process. Check out the 10 things you must know about the Mulleavy sisters after the jump. [The New Yorker]

  1. The sisters don’t wear heels. When asked if she’d strut in the six-inchers Rodarte sent down the runway, Kate responded, “Are you kidding?”
  2. They used to share a single cell phone and “didn’t realize it was weird,” they said.
  3. They were Vogue’s biggest losers. The designers lost over 50 lbs. in a diet that the high fashion mag recorded.
  4. They have a heavy hand in politics: The sisters outfitted Michelle Obama when she received the Queen of Jordan.
  5. They improvise and lack any formal fashion training (they both graduated from University of California, Berkeley). “We don’t know anything about what we are doing but our instincts,” Kate said.
  6. The Mulleavys are pyromaniacs. For their upcoming collection, the Rodarte sisters are burning their fabrics as a counterpoint to “high gloss, high fashion.”
  7. They still play with dolls. The sisters sent quirky dolls in miniature versions of Rodarte’s first collection to a vintage store owner to get attention for their line.
  8. They have fashion super-fans. Not only did the designers debut on the cover of WWD (unheard of) in 2005, Anna Wintour has kept them in Vogue, and Karl Lagerfeld owns a piece of their wearable art. “I saw this hand with amazing rings on it touching a dress,’ remembers Kate. ‘And then I felt that hand tap me on the shoulder, and Lagerfeld said something like he thought the dresses were special and he was going to buy one.”
  9. One talks, one drives. “Kate doesn’t drive, so Laura drives her everywhere, and the payback is that Kate has to speak,” a friend of the team told the magazine.
  10. They have one, yes one, full-time employee.