Dutch duo Viktor&Rolf are the fashion world’s answer to Gilbert and George, which might be the reason you”ll find 40 of their haute couture garments dramatically displayed inside the National Gallery of Victoria from today.
Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have been in Melbourne this week for the opening of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists (on show until February 26), generously gifting two of their garments to the NGV’s own fashion archive along the way.
Like Gilbert and George, Viktor and Rolfe are two artists who share a similar appearance (and eyewear), but since they both graduated from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, their brand of creative rebellion has found form in their contemporary art-meets-fashion design.
This show has been devised for the NGV by guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot (pictured below) he curator of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the NGV in 2014. It includes 40 haute couture garments, 22 hand-made porcelain dolls in miniaturised couture, as well as tapestries, archival video and photographs.
The gowns include sculptural, white gowns inspired by Picasso and Cubism, floral dresses with two metre-wide skirts referencing Vincent van Gogh, designs that appear to be made from gold-framed Old Master paintings and the Netherlands’ Princess Mabel’s wedding dress festooned with 250 bows.
Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists is at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, from October 21– February 26, 2017.