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Viktor & Rolf to exhibit 'contemporary installation' in Australia

FashionBy Sunday World
Viktor & Rolf to exhibit 'contemporary installation' in Australia

Viktor & Rolf are set to unveil a new exhibition in Australia.

The Dutch duo, made up of designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, are known for their high end garments and burgeoning perfume collection. Now fashion fans in Melbourne will be able to see a slice of their style when a new show, titled Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists, goes on display at the city’s The National Gallery of Victoria. Doors to the exhibition open on 21 October (16), with guests able to explore the notion of wearable art.

“It’s not a retrospective but a contemporary installation featuring Viktor & Rolf’s creations,” curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot told WWD, adding that the designers created pieces specifically for the exhibit.

Loriot helped develop the new project, and was also behind The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which toured around the world, and the upcoming Peter Lindbergh retrospective A Different History of Fashion, which launches at the Kunsthal Rotterdam in September (16).

The Viktor and Rolf show space will include more than 35 couture pieces, plus earlier designs from the archive. Antique dolls will also feature, dressed in versions of their designs.

“Their boundary-pushing designs challenge the way fashion is developed, presented and disseminated with masterful craftsmanship, intellectual rigor and an ironic sense of humour,” noted Tony Ellwood, the National Gallery of Victoria’s director.

The display will run until February (17), with plans to then be exported outside of Australia. It’s the pair’s first major exhibition Down Under, though they have plenty of shows outside the country under their belt.

In 2008, Viktor and Rolf showed off their work on dolls at London’s Barbican Art Gallery, as well as a previous display at The Kyoto Costume Institute and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.

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