Culture Clicks: Viktor and Rolf Fashion Artists

Dutch duo Viktor & Rolf showcases two decades of high fashion in their first Australian exhibition. By Emmilyn Yeoh.
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Rolf Snoeren and Viktor Horsting, Viktor&Rolf, Amsterdam 2002. Photography: Courtesy of Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm

Renowned for their spectacular runway shows that are out of this world, international fashion house, Viktor & Rolf is the voice of experimental avant-garde. Back in their 1999 Haute Couture fashion show at Paris Fashion Week, the fashion duo, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren progressively dressed model Maggie Rizer in 9 layers of captivating designs, each more bizarre and extravagant than the previous layer. The brand broke rules of traditional couture and the human ‘Russian Doll’ concept was brought to life.

 

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Left: Viktor&Rolf, Performance of Sculptures haute couture collection, spring–summer 2016. Right: Viktor&Rolf, Performance of Sculptures haute couture collection, spring–summer 2016. Photography: Courtesy of Philip Riches; Laura Marie Cieplik

Developed in close collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria and curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, ‘Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists’ dives head first into the notion of wearable art. The exhibition is a clear representation of the Dutch duo identities, pushing boundaries of art and fashion, romance and violence.

The label’s latest work-in-progress, Dolls, will also be on display, alongside more than 35 of the most innovative haute couture pieces from Viktor&Rolf’s collections and archives, decked throughout the museum halls.

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Left: Viktor&Rolf, Van Gogh Girls haute couture collection, spring–summer 2015. Middle: Viktor&Rolf, Shalom ready-to-wear collection, spring–summer 2009. Right: Viktor&Rolf, Van Gogh Girls haute couture collection, spring–summer 2015. Photography: Courtesy of Philip Riches; Barrie Hullegie

Until February 26, 2017 at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. www.ngv.vic.gov.au

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