Contemporary Art, Australia

Viktor & Rolf at NGV

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.

Viktor&Rolf, The Fashion Show ready-to-wear collection, autumn–winter 2007–08

Viktor&Rolf, The Fashion Show ready-to-wear collection, autumn–winter 2007–08

Viktor&Rolf: Shalom ready-to-wear collection, spring 2009. 3D sculptural dress with textured stripes embroidered with Swarovski crystals

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.

NO ready-to-wear collection, autumn–winter 2008–09

NO ready-to-wear collection, autumn–winter 2008–09

Viktor&Rolf: Russian Doll series. Haute Couture autumn/fall - winter 1999-2000.

Viktor&Rolf: Russian Doll series. Haute Couture autumn/fall - winter 1999-2000.

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, Bedtime Story ready-to-wear collection, autumn–winter 2005

Viktor & Rolf: Performance of Sculptures. Haute couture: spring - summer 2016.  Polyester, nylon, other materials.

Viktor & Rolf: Performance of Sculptures. Haute couture: spring - summer 2016.  Polyester, nylon, other materials.

VR's Iconic Flower Bomb parfum.

Viktor & Rolf: Wearable Art collection real wooden picture frames attached to fabric. Haute Coutre, Autumn - Winter 2015

Viktor & Rolf: Wearable Art collection real wooden picture frames attached to fabric. Haute Coutre, Autumn - Winter 2015

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.

 

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