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Thirty-five spectacular and avant-garde creations of Dutch fashion designers Viktor&Rolf is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists, opening on Friday 21 October at NGV International.

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I got a sneak peek of the exhibition today, which explores the notion of ‘wearable art’. 

viktor and rolf ngv

viktor and rolf ngv

From literally draping a gilt-framed painting printed on fabric to create fantastical ball gowns and coats…

viktor and rolf ngv

viktor and rolf ngv

…to incredibly avant-garde creations showcasing exquisite tailoring techniques…

viktor and rolf ngv

viktor and rolf ngv

viktor and rolf ngv

viktor and rolf ngv

…to designs that are stunning but simply wacky and almost unwearable!

viktor and rolf ngv

viktor and rolf ngv

The exhibition includes Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s most show-stopping and innovative works, revealing the design duo’s approach to design, technical virtuosity and knowledge of fashion history throughout their 20-year career.

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There are haute couture pieces from the designers’ collections, earlier designs from the Viktor&Rolf archive and international museum collections.

viktor and rolf ngv

Also on display is a selection of their work-in-progress ‘Dolls’, which are replicas of antique dolls dressed in the designers’ most iconic looks. There’s even a miniature runway of the dolls on the catwalk, a commission for the NGV!

viktor and rolf ngv

The exhibition has been developed in close collaboration with Viktor & Rolf and international guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of the NGV’s previous fashion exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier.

viktor and rolf ngv

The National Gallery of Victoria’s newest FREE kids exhibition Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids is opening tomorrow Friday 21 October to coincide with the main exhibition Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists. 

viktor and rolf ngv

Using crepe, paper, raffia and tape, kids can make their own extravagant collars and cuffs inspired the Viktor & Rolf’s bows, collars and ruffles.

viktor and rolf ngv


Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Friday 21 October 2016 – Sunday 26 February 2017. Tickets on sale now from ngv.vic.gov.au.