An ode to 25 years, Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2018 is a collection of memories, an immaculate renewal of the vows which represent Viktor&Rolf’s longstanding union to fashion. The approach, a typical Viktor&Rolf antithesis speaks to the designer’s personal fascination with time: consciously cherishing the past, yet always looking forward and pushing the boundaries of transformation. Highlights from the past 25 years are refreshed into a total white collection of 25 looks reimagined with Swarovski crystals - ultimately forming an intimate reflection inspired by the creation of the Viktor&Rolf Fashion Artists 25 Years exhibition currently at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. A curated selection of iconic pieces from the past 25 years - abiding by the house’s signature design codes - present a timeless and cohesive story celebrating Viktor&Rolf’s conceptual body of work.

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Viktor&Rolf Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018 is a surreal exploration of the archetypal intimate Haute Couture defilé. The show venue ‘La Gaite Lyrique’ is transformed into a mysterious bal masqué and the collection has a quintessentially Viktor&Rolf twist: everything is rendered in one iconic couture material: satin duchesse. Working with just one fabric might seem opposite to Haute Couture’s spirit of limitless abundance but it actually triggers creativity. After several seasons of exploring recycling, this collection puts forward another vision of conscious design: to make more of less. Limitations stimulate creativity. The Japanese technical satin duchesse has been reworked to create a vibrant eveningwear collection. Bold graphic artworks of stripes and checks, crafted out of meticulous patchwork and weaving, are juxtaposed with organic elements such as flowers and ruffles. All garments are cut on the bias. The lush colour palette of bold contrasts highlights the healing power of colours. The collection is accessorised with custom-made Viktor&Rolf Haute Joaillerie.

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With Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2017, Viktor&Rolf present a parade of Haute Couture Action Dolls. These Action Dolls form a surreal yet playful fashion team of stylised Viktor&Rolf mascots that are rooting for a world that is creative, diverse, and eco-conscious. Their outfits, inspired by a stereotypical and rebellious winter look, consist of a bomber jacket, jeans and a t-shirt styled with a mix of iconic Dr. Martens and custom Viktor&Rolf slippers. Various doll elements, including fabric covered faces and bodies, are fragmented and mingled into an extreme patchwork statement.

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For Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017, fashion artists Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren continue to delve deeper into their search for "conscious design", utilising vintage cocktail- and eveningwear from various decades as their base material. Existing dresses – oftentimes damaged, with visible signs of wear, are taken apart. Their fragments are pieced back together as surreal collages, restoring their components into new ensembles with unexpected shapes. Repairs are accentuated with gold according to Kintsugi, a principle of Japanese pottery in which beauty arises from imperfection. The focus is placed on finding value in missing pieces, cracks and chips – bringing to light the scars that come from life experiences. Acknowledging the beauty of imperfection is a positive reinforcement, which ultimately renders the original into something more beautiful and more valuable, essentially transforming the imperfect into a thing of beauty.

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Viktor&Rolf’s Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2016 collection is created using select fabrics and garments from past seasons. Starting from scratch, fashion artists Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren use mementos from a multitude of past collections as a basis for their new creations. Fabrics are torn, mixed up and woven by hand to create new voluminous shapes and textures. Vintage pieces, including items from Viktor&Rolf's own archive, are used as a starting point for elaborately decorated garments. Embroideries consist of dense, organic mixtures of repurposed buttons, beads and crystals.

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For Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016, the House of Viktor&Rolf further explores the notion of Wearable Art with a surreal merger of sculpture and clothing. This season, the collection explores the idea of the archetypical white polo shirt meeting cubism. Resulting in a collection consisting of a series of form studies where clothing and sculptural elements interact with an increasing degree of complexity. The designs blur the boundaries between garment and sculpture, and question the relationship between wearer and clothing, sometimes overtaking the body and obscuring the face of the wearer. The sculpture is humanized and the wearer, sculpted: thus composing the performance of sculptures.

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For Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2015, the house of Viktor&Rolf reaffirms the roots as mapped out by Richard Martin 17 years ago. More than ever true to their core, fashion artists Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren use a mingling of fashion and art as a means of expression, presenting a collection of wearable art. Art comes to life in a gallery of surreal proportions. A dress transforms into an artwork, back into a dress and into an artwork again. Poetry becomes reality, morphing back into fantasy.

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Viktor&Rolf’s Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection is inspired by the raw energy of Vincent van Gogh’s exuberant depiction of the rural countryside. Flowerprint A-line babydoll dresses paired with straw hats and flipflops form the basis for a collection of increasingly colourful and sculptural looks.

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