Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists
Show closes 26 Feb, 2017.
By Frankie Jay
Inspired by the Fashion Week circuit now on at the major cities? Then catch if you can the last days of the Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Developed in close conjunction with the Dutch duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren who founded the Amsterdam-based fashion house in 1992, Viktor & Rolf; as well as international guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, the show features some of Viktor&Rolf's most iconic show-stopping designs.
Each of these art and fashion pieces, often reflect the duo's prevailing moods. In the somber hues of a grey woolen coat, the raised "NO" loudly voices Viktor&Rolf's increasing despair with the demands of the fashion industry at the time, particulary the work pressure to produce four detailed shows each year.
There's a wonderful ironic sense of humor in their pieces as well exquisite tailoring and craftsmanship, particularly with regard to the materials they use. Bedtime sleeping gowns with inbuilt pillows anyone?
Viktor&Rolf: Performance of Sculptures. Haute couture: spring - summer 2016. Polyester, nylon, other materials.
Throughout the show are 21 traditionally Belgian handmade dolls (each made by Belgian doll makers). In this ever growing series, each doll wears an intricately crafted miniaturized version of a key collection work.
A dress or a sponge?
Go see this if you can or feast your eyes on the pictures. This is a rare one-off exhibition where while many of the pieces come from the Viktor&Rolf's personal archive, the remainder are on loan from museums and private collections from around the world, and will have to return.
National Gallery of Victoria: 188 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Australia.