Ruby Aldridge Takes Vogue Behind the Scenes of the Rodarte Show
Without a doubt, one of the standout shows of New York Fashion Week was Rodarte’s spring 2022 show. The final look, a lilac dress with a built in cape speckled with mushroom illustrations, is still making rounds on social media. “When we were talking about the show and the inspiration, we were thinking it was all about the individual experience, communal experience, and artistic experience,” says Laura Mulleavy, who co-designs Rodarte with her sister Kate, in Vogue’s latest video. One of the first models they thought of to bring this vision to life was Ruby Aldridge. So who better to take Vogue along for a day in the life prepping for the show?
Aldridge is a veteran model at this point. The 30 year old started modeling in her teens, in part because her sister, Lily, was already in the industry. “She was doing a photoshoot for Elle Girl magazine,” Aldridge explains. “One of the girls had dropped out that morning or maybe the night before. I was maybe 14, and her agency was just like, ‘why don’t you use her little sister?’” Quickly, Aldridge’s star began to rise. For her first season walking the runways, she opened Marc by Marc Jacobs and also walked in his eponymous label’s show. “I don’t even know that I would have the stamina [now] to do what I did 10 or however many years ago, show wise,” she says.
Before heading to Rodarte’s venue at 55 Bethune Street to get hair and makeup done, Aldridge started her day with a leisurely skincare routine and some instant coffee. Her pre-show look is a standout on its own: a cow print corset and trouser set that prompts a stranger on the street to yell out “nice outfit.” (Aldridge takes it in stride). On her way, she stops by a deli to get a smoothie and, of course, strut through the aisles. Gotta practice!
Her hair and makeup for the show is clean and minimal: fresh face and stick-straight hair. Other models are wearing sun ray-inspired face paint, which Aldridge admits she’s a little jealous of. Then it’s time for rehearsal, and for Aldridge to swap out her Hello Kitty band-aid for something more show-appropriate. “Blisters are simply part of the experience,” she says.
As the models rehearse the show, Aldridge offers her tips and tricks to the camera. “You’ve gotta think of something positive and be confident, or else you’ll look like a lost puppy,” she says. “Don’t take yourself too seriously, and don’t fall. Just don’t fall.” Before the show, she gives herself a pep-talk that riffs on the same ideas. “Right before I walk out I just tell myself positive things in my head,” she says. “You’re not going to fall. You’re going to be great.” And she was.