Thirty-five spectacular and avant-garde creations of Dutch fashion designers Viktor&Rolf is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists, opening on Friday 21 October at NGV International.
I got a sneak peek of the exhibition today, which explores the notion of ‘wearable art’.
From literally draping a gilt-framed painting printed on fabric to create fantastical ball gowns and coats…
…to incredibly avant-garde creations showcasing exquisite tailoring techniques…
…to designs that are stunning but simply wacky and almost unwearable!
The exhibition includes Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s most show-stopping and innovative works, revealing the design duo’s approach to design, technical virtuosity and knowledge of fashion history throughout their 20-year career.
There are haute couture pieces from the designers’ collections, earlier designs from the Viktor&Rolf archive and international museum collections.
Also on display is a selection of their work-in-progress ‘Dolls’, which are replicas of antique dolls dressed in the designers’ most iconic looks. There’s even a miniature runway of the dolls on the catwalk, a commission for the NGV!
The exhibition has been developed in close collaboration with Viktor & Rolf and international guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of the NGV’s previous fashion exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier.
The National Gallery of Victoria’s newest FREE kids exhibition Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids is opening tomorrow Friday 21 October to coincide with the main exhibition Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists.
Using crepe, paper, raffia and tape, kids can make their own extravagant collars and cuffs inspired the Viktor & Rolf’s bows, collars and ruffles.