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Widely recognized and respected for its provocative Haute Couture and conceptual glamour, the house of Viktor&Rolf aspires to create spectacular beauty and unexpected elegance through an unconventional approach to fashion.
Staging signature collections for over twenty years during Paris Fashion Week – ever since the first Haute Couture collection in Spring/Summer 1998 – Viktor&Rolf creations evoke a provocative spirit infused with surreal contrasts. Throughout their career, Viktor&Rolf have been identified by their radical conception, pushing the boundaries between art and fashion.
Dutch fashion designers Viktor&Rolf are highly connected to the world of arts and they have participated in numerous exhibitions from prestigious museums across the globe such us 'The Metropolitan Museum of Art', 'Barbican Art Gallery', 'Kyoto Costume Institute', 'Musée de la Mode et du Textile' and the 'National Gallery of Victoria', amongst others. On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fashion house of Viktor&Rolf, the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam organized an exhibition in collaboration with the Dutch designers and Canadian curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot. The exhibition ‘Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years’ shows the elements that make their designs unique in the contemporary fashion world.
In Spring 2022 Viktor&Rolf launched the first Asian retrospective exhibition at Shenzhen’s Design Society, China. Entitled ‘MetaFashion’, the exhibition encompassed over 80 Haute Couture creations, curated by Pooky Lee, and exhibition design by Nathalie Crinière. In addition, 24 sets of miniature fashion dolls, accurately reproducing the iconic looks of Viktor&Rolf's fashion shows, were on display in China for the first time.
THE MET ‘ABOUT TIME: FASHION & DURATION’ EXHIBITION
Viktor&Rolf took part in the 2020 Met Museum exhibition ‘About Time: Fashion & Duration’, showcasing a SS20 ‘Patchwork’ Haute Couture look.
Made from upcycled swatches in a patchwork design, the gown symbolizes hope, reflecting the themes of sustainability, community and collaboration.
THE MET MUSEUM ‘CAMP: NOTES ON FASHION’ EXHIBITION
Viktor&Rolf took part in the 2019 Met Museum exhibition ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion' , featuring three iconic looks from Fashion Statements Spring/Summer 2019, Bedtime Story Fall/Winter 2005 and ‘Upside Down’ Spring/Summer 2006.
The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters— features a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion’s
ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. Viktor&Rolf have participated in this exhibition by showcasing the Russian Doll Haute Couture piece, giving a seamless reference to Catholicism within a high fashion matter.
VIKTOR&ROLF FASHION ARTISTS: 25 YEARS
On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the avant-garde fashion house Viktor&Rolf, the Kunsthal organizes a large exhibition in collaboration with the Dutch designers and Canadian curator
Thierry-Maxime Loriot. The exhibition ‘Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years’ shows Viktor&Rolf’s radical conception of ‘wearable art’ and explores the elements that make their designs unique in the contemporary fashion world.
COVER COVER BOOK
Cover Cover details Viktor&Rolf’s beautifully made Haute Couture and ready-to-wear collections. Fully illustrated with images by celebrated photographers such as Tim Walker and Inez and Vinoodh as well as sketches and catwalk shots - all of which have been inverted and reproduced as negatives - each gatefold showcases a specific show or special event, which together give a complete overview of the Viktor&Rolf brand.
Irma Boom is renowned for her bold, experimental, conceptual-led approach to design and Cover Cover elevates bookmaking to a whole new level. Entirely made up of eight-page gatefolds that reference the dramatic layers that feature in the designers’ work, Cover Cover is hand-sewn and made with papers that start superfine and become thicker as the reader discovers each collection.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
The spectacular and avant-garde creations of Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf are on display in Australia for the first time in an exhibition organised by the National Gallery of Victoria in close
collaboration with the designers. Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists explores Viktor & Rolf’s radical conception of ‘wearable art’. The exhibition, which coincides with the luxury fashion label’s twenty-fifth anniversary in 2017, explores the elements that make Viktor & Rolf designs unique in the contemporary fashion world.
DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET
Viktor&Rolf unveil their collaboration with the Dutch Doubles. On this occasion, Viktor&Rolf debut their Jorma Elo choreographed ballet piece, entitled Shape - for which they designed the costumes.
PUNK: CHAOS TO COUTURE
The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Punk: Chaos to Couture examines the impact of punk’s aesthetic of brutality on high fashion, focusing especially on its do-it-yourself, rip-it-to-shreds ethos, the antithesis of couture’s made-to-measure exactitude. Focusing on high fashion’s embrace of quintessential anti-establishment style has been their search for new ideals of beauty and new definitions of fashionability.
Robert Wilson’s new staging of the romantic Opera “Der Freischütz” by Carla Maria von Weber features Viktor&Rolf designs for the production, using almost one million CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski elements in the process. For the opera, Viktor&Rolf created remarkably colourful, dramatic and show-stopping looks. The designs were approached in an almost comic strip manner, which fits the naive folkloric-like-tale opera and Robert Wilson’s aesthetics.
THE HOUSE OF VIKTOR&ROLF
The House of Viktor&Rolf presents each of the designer’s signature pieces from 1992 to 2008, shown through a theatrical installation that dominates the entire Barbican Art Gallery. Highlights include Haute Couture pieces from Atomic Bomb, 1998-99 and painstakingly dressed by the designers themselves in front of a catwalk audience in 10 independent layers, in an experience reminiscent of performance art.
FASHION IN COLORS: VIKTOR&ROLF & KCI
A re-interpretation of 400 years of international fashion history, “Colors” examines relationships between colours, feelings and function in historical and contemporary costumes from around the world. “Colors” consists of more than 80 works from the Kyoto Costume Institute’s extensive collection of 11,000 objects, selected by guest curators Viktor&Rolf in collaboration with KCI.
VIKTOR&ROLF PAR VIKTOR&ROLF, PREMIERE DECENNIE
Viktor&Rolf par Viktor&Rolf, première décennie exhibited in Musée de la Mode et du Textile, in Paris. Highlighting the first ten years of Viktor&Rolf ’s work, subtitled ‘the first decade’ rather than a retrospective. Opened with wax figures of the designers. The idea of a zoo was used for the display: garments were shown in glass ‘cages’, beside which miniature screens featured the respective catwalk shows, with running subtitles describing the garments, as though the clothes were captured in their natural habitat.