When Viktor & Rolf said they were quitting ready-to-wear to focus on the art of couture, they weren’t kidding. For fall, their models were decked out in picture frames — from minimal to baroque — that dangled about their body as if they’d been smashed over the head with a Old Master painting. After all, the two aren’t shy about hitting us over the head with a concept.
The ‘canvas’ in those frames, which constituted the dresses, were sometimes blank and white, other times dripping with what appeared to be a Renaissance portrait. What exactly the message about art remains unclear — and reading into it would likely defeat the purpose of high-impact statement-making. One thing is certain: we finally know, literally, what wearable art looks like.