Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists exhibition launch at the National Gallery of Victoria

By way of backstory, approximately six weeks ago I started a year long leave of absence from the legal profession. The first five weeks were subsumed by study and exams for a postgraduate diploma (because once a law student, always a law student) so this week is the first week where I have legitimately had a chance to stop. As predicted, it took until day three for me to start feeling the first twinges of boredom.  I even resorted to making cupcakes – I had a hankering and those that know me know that I rarely  cook.

Hopefully #vicbbatical will start trending soon…

You can imagine my delight when the beautiful Catherine of Busy City Kids invited me to attend the launch of NGV’s new exhibition showcasing the avant-garde creations of powerhouse design duo Viktor & Rolf.

Developed by the duo in conjunction with guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, the exhibition showcases a selection of breathtaking designs from their haute couture shows that are the very definition of “wearable art.”

 

Attached to the exhibition proper is the NGV Kids Atelier: Viktor & Rolf for Kids where young visitors can craft their own fashion creations and take part in a photo shoot which can then be shared to social media. Adults be warned this is a must visit: the Atelier showcases the couture wedding dress designed for Her Royal Highness Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau for her wedding to Prince Friso of the Netherlands. The handcrafted dress features a  three meter long train adorned with 248 silk bows.

 

The duo’s advice to budding artists looking to pursue their passion?

“slow down, enjoy the moment and be present.”

Wise words indeed for all those taking in the spectacular NGV installation.

 

Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists is on display at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia from 21 October 2016 – 26 February 2017.
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