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Renowned for spec­tac­u­lar, out-of-this-world run­way shows, Vik­tor&Rolf is the voice of avant-garde fash­ion. Dur­ing the Dutch brand’s 1999 Haute Cou­ture fash­ion show at Paris Fash­ion Week, fash­ion duo Vik­tor Horsting and Rolf Sno­eren dressed model Maggie Rizer in nine lay­ers of cap­ti­vat­ing de­signs, each more bizarre and ex­trav­a­gant than the pre­vi­ous layer. The brand broke the rules of tra­di­tional cou­ture; it was the Rus­sian ma­tryoshka doll con­cept brought to life.

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

Vik­tor&Rolf Haute Cou­ture Spring/ Sum­mer ’15 col­lec­tion, also known as Van Gogh Girls, shot by Philip Riches

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