Narciso Rodriguez will be the subject of Miami’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU’s main exhibition this fall. In the first solo show dedicated to Rodriguez, the museum will stage “Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism,” opening Oct. 8, which is a high-profile time as it coincides with Art Basel Miami. Co-curated by Alex Gonzalez, the creative director of Elle magazine and Klaudio Rodriguez, the curator of the Frost Art Museum, the exhibition will feature creations by the Cuban-American designer, as well as archival materials, original sketches, video and artwork that has influenced Rodriguez throughout his career. This is the first fashion exhibition for the the Frost Art Museum, which is part of Florida International University and is the Smithsonian Affiliate in Miami. The show will run until Jan. 8.
“What a great challenge — and an honor, of course — to be asked to exhibit my work at the Frost Museum,” said Rodriguez. “When Alex Gonzalez approached me earlier this year, he had a clear vision of what this exhibit should entail and I have enjoyed the process of seeing the work through his, and curator Klaudio Rodriguez’s, eyes.”
A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Rodriguez has been a quietly powerful force of minimalist design in American fashion for more than 20 years. He began his career at Anne Klein working under Donna Karan and later moved on to Calvin Klein. He has held design director positions at Tse, Cerruti and Loewe. In 1996, Rodriguez designed one of the most iconic wedding dresses of modern times — the bias-cut gown Carolyn Bessette wore to marry John F. Kennedy Jr. The following year, Rodriguez began designing under his own label. In 2002 and 2003, he received the CFDA’s Womenswear Designer of the Year award. In 2014, he was awarded the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award for fashion. In addition to Bessette, Rodriguez has dressed many high-profile women over the years, including Michelle Obama, Claire Danes, Julianna Margulies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, all of whom routinely wear his designs. His artistic collaborations include projects with choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Jonah Bokaer and Stephen Petronio.