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The spectacular and avant-garde creations of international luxury fashion house Viktor and Rolf, is showcased in a world-first exhibition developed in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria. Viktor and Rolf: Fashion Artists explores Viktor and Rolf’s notion of wearable art.The duo have become renowned for their experimental runway shows, including their 1999 ‘Russian Doll’ runway show in which model Maggie Rizer was progressively dressed by the designers in nine different layers and 2003’s ‘One Woman Show’ fashion collection inspired by actress and muse Tilda Swinton, in which the actress herself appeared amidst a runway of models made up in her likeness.The exhibition features some of the most show-stopping and innovative works by the Dutch design duo. These include over 35 haute couture pieces from the designers’ collections, presented alongside earlier designs from the Viktor and Rolf archive and international museum collections. Also on display is a selection of their work-in-progress ‘Dolls’: replicas of antique dolls dressed in the designers’ most iconic looks.The exhibition has been developed in close collaboration with Viktor and Rolf and international guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of the NGV’s blockbuster exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier.
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