rodarte and kirsten dunst team up for a feature

Tom Ford better make some room because the Mulleavys are getting in the director’s chair.

by Emily Manning and i-D Staff
11 May 2015, 8:50pm

Photography Dave Kotinsky via Getty Images

In 2009, Tom Ford became the first fashion designer to direct a feature length, theatrically released film with the premiere of A Single Man, the poignant drama that nabbed stars Colin Firth and Julianne Moore a pair of Golden Globe nominations. We're still holding out for that Yohji Yamamoto flick, but either way, Ford better watch his folding throne: Rodarte founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy are diving into directing, too.

The sisters are slated to make their feature directorial debut with Woodshock, an "original concept derived from a screenplay written by the duo that's been in development for several years," the Hollywood Reporter broke today. The film will star the pair's OG homegirl Kirsten Dunst, and its US distribution rights have already been purchased by A24, the firm behind other squad member Sofia Coppola's Bling Ring.

While this might be the Mulleavy's first feature, they're no strangers to film. In 2010, their stunning Black Swan costume designs made it a little easier to watch Natalie Portman rip open her goddamned finger trying to sort out a hangnail. That same year, they teamed up with director and photographer Todd Cole on the short fashion film Aanteni, and have since produced two more Cole-lensed sci-fi films that have featured Elle Fanning and an original score from Beach House, among other wonderful things.

Given the pair's collections have referenced everything from Van Gogh to Star Wars, we can't wait to see how the fantastic worlds they dream up on the runway will translate to the silver screen. 


Text Emily Manning
Photography Dave Kotinsky via Getty Images

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