The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University honored Kate and
Laura Mulleavy, founders of Rodarte, at the 2016 Graduation Fashion Show on Wednesday, May 11.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy were each presented with an Honorary Doctorate degree from Academy of Art
University by University President, Dr. Elisa Stephens, as well as a Certificate of Honor from the Office of
the Mayor of San Francisco, Mayor Edwin M. Lee.
“My goal has always been to bring visionaries to School of Fashion, people who have changed the
landscape. Kate and Laura Mulleavy have done just that with Rodarte; they have brought attention back to
beautiful, considered, and thought provoking clothing in American fashion,” said Simon Ungless, Executive
Director of the School of Fashion. “All of our past Honorary Doctors have gone against the flow and made
monumental changes to the way we dress and the way we think. McQueen, Westwood, Gaultier and Alaïa
have all broken the rules at some point, and I see the Mulleavys doing that now.”
The fashion show featured collections from students who majored in the areas of Fashion Design, Knitwear
Design, Menswear Design, Technical Design, Textile Design and Jewelry/Metal Arts.
PHOTOS by RANDY BROOKES