Viktor & Rolf – expect the unexpected


Seeing is believing and so it is with this truly fabulous exhibition showcasing the provocative work of these self-proclaimed fashion artists, Viktor & Rolf. The exhibition Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists is a show stopper.

Viktor & Rolf  Photograph courtesy NVG Victoria

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, Viktor&Rolf Image Credit: New Inez & Vinoodh 2015 Photograph courtesy NVG Victoria

Featuring 40 cutting edge haute couture garments, 22 dolls in miniaturized couture, fabulous archival videos and photographs and more, this is one to sweep you away.


Barrie Hullegie Viktor & Rolf, Shalom Ready-to-wear collection, Spring–Summer 2009 Published in Glamcult, December 2010 ©Barrie Hullegie

The pair formed their partnership in 1992, approaching fashion design with rebellious attitude and technical brilliance.

Red Carpet Dressing Autumn-Winter 2014-2015  Photograph:  GRACIE

Red Carpet Dressing Autumn-Winter 2014-2015 Gowns actually created from red carpet. Photograph: GRACIE

There’s much to see and marvel at here so ensure you take time.  The Autumn-Winter 2016-2017 Vagabond collection used fabrics from previous collections – tulle, cotton, wool and satin, interwoven and embellished with crystals to create spectacular works.

Vagabonds Autumn-Winter 2016-2017   Photograph:  GRACIE

Vagabonds Autumn-Winter 2016-2017 Photograph: GRACIE

V&R took looking sharp to a new height with the Cutting Edge Couture ready to wear collection, Spring-Summer 2010.

Cutting Edge ready to wear Spring-Summer 2010  Photograph  GRACIE

Cutting Edge ready to wear Spring-Summer 2010 A chainsaw was used to create the finishing touches Photograph GRACIE


Doll in miniature couture part of Cutting Edge ready to wear Spring-Summer 2010 Photograph GRACIE

The Wearable Art couture collection of 2015-2016 demonstrates their genius.  Pushing the boundaries in all that they do.


Wearable Art Haute Couture Collection Autumn-Winter 2015-2016 Photograph: GRACIE

Admire the exhibits but don’t overlook the video presentations in the next studio where ‘wearable art’ realizes the dream.


Image taken from video. V&R remove the canvases from the models and place them on the wall. Photograph GRACIE

Go hang it and they did!


Image taken from video. Skirt previously removed from model, hanging to the left. Photograph GRACIE

While in this space, don’t miss the archival ready to wear collections – each collection is fabulously femine and sensual.   We can but dream.  Don’t miss it.

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NGV International | 21 October 2016 – 26 February 2017 | Admission fees apply