Viktor & Rolf’s Over-the-Top Wares Go Down Under

A selection of signature pieces from Viktor & Rolf’s archive will soon go on view in the 23-year retrospective Fashion Artists, opening October 21 at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia.

Rolf Snoeren and Viktor Horsting, the two halves of the Dutch label, decided to call it Fashion Artists because that’s how they see themselves: artists who work with fashion and designers who work with art. The show is curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, the French-Canadian celebrated for his recent Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition.

The V&R retrospective will feature more than 35 pieces from the duo’s couture and (now defunct) ready-to-wear collections in Paris, including Wearable Art, One Woman (which featured Tilda Swinton on the runway, alongside dozens of doppelgängers), Van Gogh Girls, and Russian Doll. Several one-off works will also be showcased, such as wall tapestries created from press clippings.

Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists, Oct 21, 2016 – Feb 26, 2017, NGV, Melbourne

Wearable Art, spring 2015

Wearable Art, spring 2015

Spring 2008

Fall 2005

Fall 2007

Fall 2011

Spring 2011

Performance of Sculptures, Spring 2016

Performance of Sculptures, Spring 2016

Credit Crunch, Spring 2010

Van Gogh Girls, Spring 2015

Fall 2010

Vagabonds, Fall 2016

Zen Garden, Fall 2013

Viktor & Rolf dolls

Viktor & Rolf for the Dutch National Ballet

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