Since beginning their creative partnership in 1992, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have made waves in the fashion world with their innovative and quirky silhouettes and superior craftmanship. However, their avant-garde ensembles are more than simply sartorial masterpieces, with the design duo often using their creations to make commentaries on the current and future state of the fashion industry (for example, a grey trench from their 2008 collection had the word “no” emblazoned on its chest in 3-D to express their dismay at the increasing pace of fashion).
Curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriet – the mastermind behind the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition – The National Gallery of Victoria’s Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists celebrates 25 years of the designers partnership and showcases over 40 pieces of their work. Exploring the meaning and inspiration behind their designs, as well as the duos penchant for ‘wearable art’, the exhibition seamlessly blends the designers’ haute couture and ready-to-wear collections with installations, runway footage, and their ongoing Dolls series – tiny mannequins dressed in miniature versions of their best-known looks. There’s even an interactive space at the end of the exhibition where visitors can make their own fashion accessories or strike a pose in the diorama-style photobooths (while this space was designed ostensibly for kids, I highly recommend dropping by!).
Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists is showing at NGV until the 26th of February 2017 and is well worth a visit if you’re interested in the stories behind the fashion. Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the exhibition.