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Viktor & Rolf in London

This summer the Barbican Art Gallery in London will showcase the work of avant-garde Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf. This will be the first time that an exhibition has been devoted to this highly influential duo in the UK.

By Editor Design.nl /asdf 13-05-2008

This summer Barbican Art Gallery in London will showcase the work of avant-garde Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf. This will be the first time that an exhibition has been devoted to this highly influential duo in the UK.

Over the past 15 years Viktor & Rolf have taken the fashion world by storm with their particular blend of cool irony and surreal beauty. The House of Viktor & Rolf will be unveiled on 18 June and runs until 21 September 2008.

The exhibition will chart their career within the context of a specially commissioned installation by Viktor & Rolf. Dominating both floors of the Gallery, this spectacular installation will be kept under wraps until the opening day. The House of Viktor & Rolf will present all the signature pieces and key moments in their career from 1992 to now. Highlights include Haute Couture pieces from Atomic Bomb, 1998–99, featuring dramatic mushroom cloud-like cushioned necklines and Russian Doll, 1999–2000, in which a single model was painstakingly dressed by the designers themselves in front of a catwalk audience in 10 independent layers, in an experience reminiscent of performance art. In the boudoir-themed show Bedtime Story, 2005–06, the dreamy atmosphere was created by garments abundant with broderie Anglaise, quilting and ruffles.

The exhibition includes pieces from Launch, their ‘dreams in miniature’ collection of October 1996. At the start of their career, and not yet discovered, Viktor & Rolf created a miniature installation that represented all their ambitions: catwalk show with dolls; a fashion shoot; a shop with glass windows and even the launch of a fake perfume with an ad campaign and press release.

Background information

Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren have been working together since their graduation from the Academy of Arts, Arnhem, in 1992. Their first Haute Couture catwalk show, in January 1998, was followed by four more inspirational collections that secured their reputation. In March 2000 Viktor & Rolf presented their first ready-to-wear collection based on the American flag, an audacious announcement of their global aspirations. Viktor & Rolf became household names through the widely popular perfume, Flowerbomb, launched in October 2004 by L’Oréal and a sell-out collection for high street giant H & M in 2006. Viktor & Rolf’s acclaimed Milan boutique, opened in 2005, in which a neo-classical interior has been installed upside down, perfectly exemplifies their distinctive blend of conceptualism, elegance and humour.


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