Fashion exhibitions have been demonstrating during the last years, that clothes are not a frivolous matter, but a big part of culture. I personally emphasize that many times fashion evolves in an artistic way. As in the cases of Madame Vionnet, Fortuny, Charles James, YSL, Mc Queen or Valentino, for example. And the duo Viktor & Rolf. This year, on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the dutch luxury fashion house, the Kunsthal museum, organizes a large presentation, curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot.
Thierry has also curated recently in my city, Buenos Aires, the fanstastic ¨Love is Love¨exhibition on the magnificent Jean Paul Gaultier´s work. And very wisely both of them have observed the social phenomenom of gay marriage and the actual couple openness worlwide, to highlight those wedding gowns that deserve to be shown within a museum environment.
‘Viktor&Rolf: Fasion 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.
“With exquisite craftmanship and dreamy silhouettes, sometimes made from tinkling bells or red carpet, the fashion artists Viktor&Rolf – a real Dutch national treasure – have been creating wearable art for the past twenty-five years in the most unique and singular style,” said Thierry-Maxime.
From this week the spectacular and avant-garde creations of the fashion artists will be on display at the Kunsthal. Since forming their creative partnership in December 1992, Viktor Horsting (1969) and Rolf Snoeren (1969) have gained critical acclaim for their cerebral and witty approach to haute couture.
They have dressed on different occassions one of my favorite artists Tori Amos, and most recently Zendaya, amongst other beauties from Hollywood.
The exhibition will feature some of the most show-stopping and innovative works by the design duo. These will include over 60 haute couture pieces from the designers’ collections, stage costumes created for ballet and operas, presented alongside earlier designs from the Viktor&Rolf archives and international museums collections.
Also on display will be a selection of their work-in-progress “Dolls”: replicas of antique dolls dressed in the designers’ most iconic looks. In addition special pieces like the costume they created for Madonna in 2016 for her Miami Art Basel fundraising concert and new works from the latest collections, ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ and ‘Action Dolls’ will be displayed which have never been exhibited before.
We congratulate the excellent team and wish them to continue travelling with their artistic fashion to the rest of the world. Hoping we could one day open our local museums to their enormous talent.
Merci Thierry-Maxime Loriot and Mariette Maaskand, Kunsthal Museum.