Narciso Rodriguez fitting a crisp, tailored dress for his Fall 2004 collection.
In a time when the most outrageous fashion statements seem to attract the most attention, designer Narciso Rodriguez uses minimalism to stand out. Revered for his architectural genius and classic masterpieces that transcend the seasons (seen on such style icons as Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Obama), Rodriguez’s garments are wearable proof that less is more.
The son of Cuban immigrants is celebrating his brand with an exhibit in the Magic City, “Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism,” on view at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU October 9 through January 8. “There’s always a great energy in Miami, and fashion has come to play an important role in that energy,” says Rodriguez. The show was born when Elle magazine Creative Director Alex Gonzalez and Frost Museum curator Klaudio Rodriguez approached Narciso about showcasing his life’s work. “Alex had the idea to focus on the past two decades of work based on pure minimal form—pieces that were pure, graphic, and architectural. We looked at sketches and notebooks from each collection to include, along with many archival accessories,” Narciso explains.
Fans will get a glimpse into the struggles and breakthroughs of creating a collection, too. “I hope that people who see the show will realize that there is so much to consider when building a single piece, much less to prepare an entire collection,” the designer says. “If people also walk away with an understanding of the craft and thought process involved, we’ve done a good job.” “Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism” will be on view October 9–January 8, 2017, at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami, 305-348-2890