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