Viktor&Rolf Fashion Artists

The spectacular and avant-garde creations of international luxury fashion house Viktor&Rolf, is showcased in a world-first exhibition developed in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria. Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists explores Viktor&Rolf’s notion of wearable art.

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 21 October 2016 to Sunday 26 February 2017

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Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Monday 25 April 2016.
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As self-confessed outsiders of the fashion world, since forming their artistic partnership in 1992, fashion artists Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have gained critical acclaim for their rebellious approach to design, technical virtuosity, and deep knowledge of fashion history. Throughout their illustrious twenty-year career, Viktor&Rolf have carved a contradictory identity that pushes the boundaries between art and fashion, often contrasting romance and violence, exuberance and control, classicism and rebellion.

The duo have become renowned for their experimental runway shows, including their 1999 ‘Russian Doll’ runway show in which model Maggie Rizer was progressively dressed by the designers in nine different layers and 2003’s ‘One Woman Show’ fashion collection inspired by actress and muse Tilda Swinton, in which the actress herself appeared amidst a runway of models made up in her likeness.

The exhibition features some of the most show-stopping and innovative works by the Dutch design duo. These include over 35 haute couture pieces from the designers’ collections, presented alongside earlier designs from the Viktor&Rolf archive and international museum collections. Also on display is a selection of their work-in-progress ‘Dolls’: replicas of antique dolls dressed in the designers’ most iconic looks.

The exhibition has been developed in close collaboration with Viktor&Rolf and international guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of the NGV’s blockbuster exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier.