Narciso Rodriguez’s designs are being celebrated in a new exhibition.
The American fashion designer received international acclaim in 1996 when he designed the bias-cut sheath wedding dress that his close friend Carolyn Bessette wore when she married John F. Kennedy Jr.
Rodriguez then established his atelier in New York in 2001, and has built a reputation for offering simple yet elegant womenswear.
Following his success, Rodriguez’s work is now the subject of an exhibition, titled Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism, which is being held at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami.
Speaking about the showcase, the 55-year-old says that it is the first time his designs have been exhibited in a comprehensive way.
“This is really meaningful to me because I’m on the verge of being around for 20 years,” he told WWD.
But the designer is quick to explain that the show is not simply a retrospective, but an examination of the evolution of architectural line and form. With the collection, he also hopes to break away from the “minimalist” label which is so often attached to his work.
“It’s more than just minimal,” said Rodriguez. “People like to attach labels to designers — they’re maximalist or minimalist. That’s great. I can belong to a minimalist group as long as people know that there’s a lot that went into the work.”
Rodriguez also hopes to draw attention to the high level of craftsmanship utilized in his garments, and the particular combination of materials he uses, such as stretch materials, woven linens and bonded fabrics. One of the most important techniques Rodriguez employs is tailoring on the bias.
“That’s something I’ve been able to take into different places, tailoring differently to tailor fluid things,” he explained.
The exhibition features more than 40 of Rodriguez’s designs alongside works by major artists who have influenced his work, including Carmen Herrera, Donald Judd, Jennifer Steinkamp and Elena Asins.
Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism will run through until 8 January next year (17).