Viktor & Rolf to be showcased at the National Gallery of Victoria

Designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are getting the fine artist treatment at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. A new exhibition titled "Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists" is set to open to the public on October 21. The theme behind the exhibit is exploring the notion of wearable art.

Over 35 couture pieces will be featured, in addition to some ready-to-wear pieces from the design duo's earlier days. Antique dolls dressed in their designs will also be on display.

The exhibition is done in collaboration with curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot. He is known for curating the successful exhibit "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk." He has also curated "A Different History of Fashion," a retrospective dedicated to fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh.

This new exhibit marks the first major exhibit on Viktor & Rolf featured in Australia. The designers came to fame not only for their creative designs, but also for their flamboyant runway presentations. In the past, their runway shows were known to feature musicians like Rufus Wainwright and actresses like Tilda Swinton doing performance art.

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

The exhibit will run until February, and is expected to travel to other countries outside of Australia.

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