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Natalie, Kirsten, and Co. Celebrate Rodarte's Cooper-Hewitt Exhibition

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Anna Wintour, Laura Mulleavy, Peter Nordstrom, Caroline Baumann, and Kate Mulleavy   
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Last night's Vogue-hosted party for the new Quicktake: Rodarte exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum offered further proof of Kate and Laura Mulleavy's magnetic pull: They had lured a sizable contingent of their downtown followers into really uncharted territory, i.e., all the way up to 91st Street.

Among the well-wishers was Natalie Portman, who recalled wowing her The Other Boleyn Girl co-star Scarlett Johansson the first time she wore Rodarte. "I remember at the premiere she looked at the dress, and she's like, 'Oh my God, that's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen,' " Portman said. Kirsten Dunst, another devoted fan, got turned on to the sisters well before Portman. "We started a friendship via letters and random, whimsical little gifts and packages—birds on strings, little fairy villages to put together," she recounted. Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon, a classmate of the sisters at UC Berkeley, recalled the Mulleavys watching horror movies, studying art history, and working student jobs at the science building. "What I like about them is that it really was never about fashion specifically. It's always been about a greater idea," he said.

"I don't think our maturity level has progressed at all since college," Kate Mulleavy added. "It's good to stay true to who you are. In order to be creative, you can't lose that."

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