20 October 2016
Prepare for a spectacular showcase of the unexpected and avant-garde with the launch of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). A world-first exhibition, developed in collaboration with the gallery explores the concept of 'wearable art' through the creations of internationally renowned Dutch luxury fashion house Viktor&Rolf.
Self-confessed outsiders of the fashion world, designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren began working together in 1992 and have since gained critical acclaim for their rebellious approach to fashion design and technical virtuosity.
The exhibition, which coincides with the label's twenty-fifth anniversary in 2017, has been curated by guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, who also curated The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, shown at the NGV in 2014–15.
Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists features over 40 of the duo's most innovative works, ranging from haute couture creations and ready-to-wear pieces. Continuing Viktor and Rolf's fascination with traditionally made items, the exhibition also features 21 exquisite dolls, handmade in Belgium, that are each wearing an intricately crafted miniaturised version of a Viktor&Rolf design.
The gallery will also host Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids a free, interactive space for children and families to explore fashion design and try their hand at making their own accessories. This space is free to visit.
The NGV will present a diverse range of programs surrounding the exhibition, including an opening weekend keynote conversation with the designers.
The exhibition will be on view for all to see from 21 October 2016 - 26 February 2017.