Fashion duo Viktor & Rolf blur the line between fashion and art
For their 2015 Autumn / Winter collection presentation in Paris, Dutch fashion design duo Viktor & Rolf presented a breathtaking concept. The Wearable Art collection saw the duo unhooking several framed paintings from a partition behind the catwalk and transforming them into articles of clothing real-time. The frames were previously reconfigured as to fit the models walking the presentation.
Inside the frames were white canvases; empty at the beginning of the show, gradually becoming more and more decorated towards the end. Drawing from the rich cultural heritage of their homeland, the duo decided to decorate the dress-painting hybrids with motifs reminiscent of the exquisite paintings of the Dutch Golden Age. The motifs themselves show an innate technological prowess, as they are not mere prints, but rather complicated layers of laser-cut jacquards, embroideries and appliqués.
The nods to artists such as Johannes Vermeer were not the only interesting aspect of the collection, as can be seen from the pictures. The rigid wooden frames allowed the designers to adopt unconventional and unprobable shapes into their pieces. The gravity-defying frames add an unusual dimension to the clothes and also allow the 'canvases' to flow freely.
One of the pieces will become part of the collection at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, thanks to Han Nefkens, a Dutch art collector. Find out more about Viktor & Rolf at their website.
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