National Gallery of Victoria 國家畫廊維多利亞
21st Oct – 26th Feb Open daily, 10am-5pm / Admission fee applies.
Rolf Snoeren and Viktor Horsting, Viktor&Rolf, Amsterdam 2008 © Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm
Viktor&Rolf, Blacklight haute couture collection, spring–summer 1999 published in Visionaire, 2001 © Inez and Vinoodh
Made up of several main themes and concepts to include; THE EMERGING ARTIST, HYÈRES, ZEN GARDEN, PERFORMANCE OF SCULPTURES, CUTTING EDGE COUTURE, WEARABLE ART, RED CARPET DRESSING, ATOMIC BOMB, BLACKLIGHT, FLOWERBOMB & VAGABONDS.
Australia’s most venerated galley space will today play host to Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf for a landmark collaborative exhibition running until February 26th. Titled ‘Viktor & Rolf – Fashion Artists’, the display of more than 35 breathtakingly distinctive looks from throughout the pair’s career will be celebrated at this evening’s opening by a live conversation with them and guest curator Maxime-Thierry Loriot at 6.30pm AEST. [Watch the live stream above]
Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have stunned the fashion world for over 20 years with their irreverent and breathtaking creations, contributing greatly to fashion’s ever closing gap with art. On the upcoming event, the duo stated, ‘We are extremely excited to be working in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria on this exhibition and highlighting the craftsmanship involved in creating our wearable art. It is an honour for us to bring our designs to the Southern Hemisphere.’
Alongside the couture and archival pieces on display, the show will also feature a collection of Belgian-made porcelain dolls dressed in miniature V&R creations; an idea first exhibited at London’s Barbican back in 2008. This particular curation comes on the back of the NGV’s successful ’200 Years of Australian Fashion’ exhibit from last year; perhaps the most thorough examination of fashion in the country’s history.