12/16/2011 06:08 pm ET | Updated Dec 18, 2011

Rodarte Dresses At LACMA: Inspired By A Monk's Frescoes (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

There are certain features in fashion that women (and men) throughout centuries have adored: sik, sequins, gold and feathers, to name a few. It's no surprise, then, that these history-tested glam accessories are abounding on the new collection of dresses opening this weekend at the Los Angeles County Art Museum (LACMA).

Designed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy (sisters and the highly-celebrated fashionistas behind the high fashion line Rodarte), the dresses are inspired by Renaissance frescoes in Florence, Italy. As LA Weekly reports, the idea came to the Mulleavy sisters earlier this year when they became enamored with the painted murals of a 14th century monk, Fra Angelico.

Laura explained, "We started with color. The frescoes have a chalky nature--like, they're full of beautiful vibrant colors, but they're chalky. We wanted to find fabrics that had that quality, that weren't so completely shiny that they seemed too vibrant. We started thinking of each dress as something that could exist as part of a fresco."

As the Daily News describes, the dresses look like angels, or spirits of the past, as they hang from LACMA's ceiling alongside a centuries-old mural that inspired their creation.

Laura and Kate founded their award-winning fashion line in Los Angeles in 2005, and Rodarte has since been showcased in major museums nationally, including LA's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) last year.

Rodarte is carried globally in Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman and several other high-end retailers and has been worn by Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon and others. The sisters have also designed knitwear for Olympic athletes and most notably, the ballet costumes for the Academy Award winning film "Black Swan".

The exhibition starts Saturday and runs through February 5. For more information, visit

Here's a preview of the Rodarte dresses at LACMA: