International luxury fashion house Viktor&Rolf is showcasing some of its spectacular and avant-garde creations in a new exhibition developed in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria. Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists opened on 21 October and will run until February 2017 at the NVG in Melbourne, Australia, exploring the brand's career-defining ethos of wearable art.
The exhibition explores the 25-year career of Viktor&Rolf, which has carved an identity that pushes the boundaries between art and fashion, often juxtaposing contrasting elements such as romance and anarchy, exuberance and control, classical and rebellion.
It explores the elements that make Viktor&Rolf designs unique in the contemporary fashion world. Featuring some of the most show-stopping and innovative works by the Dutch-duo, the exhibition includes more than 40 haute couture pieces from their collections, presented alongside earlier designs from the brand's archive and international museum collections.
Also on display throughout the two fashion galleries are 21 dolls, traditionally handmade by the Viktor&Rolf atelier using porcelain, papier-mâché and human hair, and each wearing an intricately crafted miniaturised version of a key collection of work. First created for 'The House of Viktor&Rolf' (2008, Barbican Art Gallery, London), the designers have celebrated each major collection since with a new doll dressed in an emblamatic design.
'Viktor&Rolf stretch the definition of both fashion and art,' says Tony Ellwood, director of NGV. 'Their boundary-pushing designs challenge the way fashion is developed, presented and disseminated with masterful craftsmanship, intellectual rigour and an ironic sense of humour. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to experience the unconventional creativity and technical brilliance of this innovative Dutch duo.'
'With exquisite craftsmanship and dreamy silhouettes, sometimes made from tinkling bells or red carpet, the Dutch fashion artists Viktor&Rolf have been creatin wearable art for the past 25 years in a unique, singular style,' says Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of the exhibition.
The exhibition has been developed in close collaboration with Viktor&Rolf and international guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition.
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