Internationally renowned fashion artists Viktor&Rolf have launched their iconic haute couture collection at a debut retrospective exhibition in Shenzhen, China.
‘Viktor&Rolf: MetaFashion!’ opened in characteristic, colourful fanfare at Main Gallery, L1, Sea World Culture and Arts Center, curated by Pooky Lee and designed by Nathalie Crinière. The exhibition features 80 garments from various collections, including ‘Van Gogh Girls’, the Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection inspired by Van Gogh’s paintings; ‘Fashion Statements’, the Spring/Summer 2019 Haute Couture collection known for its iconic slogan themed gowns; ‘Surreal Satin ’and ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams ’that explores the concept of sustainable fashion – a crucial touchstone in Viktor&Rolf’s design philosophy.
In their pursuit in concept and in practice, this creative team makes us believe, as they do, in an art without embarrassing hierarchies or demeaning classifications, but filled with contemporary visuality.Richard Martin, fashion historian and curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The exhibition features approximately 80 mannequins from Bonaveri’s Tribe Collection and the Schläppi 2200 female collection. The 2200 collection is a mainstay of haute couture fashion exhibitions and has been used again in a highly successful pairing with the more recently developed Tribe female collection.
Curator Pooky Lee, who worked on ‘New China Chic: A Fusion of East and West‘ has mixed the mannequin collections into 7 distinctive display sections that explore various themes; haute couture, wearable art, structural displays, humour, extravagance and sustainability.
Exhibition Times: 29 March 2022 – 8 October 2022
Venue: Main Gallery, L1, Sea World Culture and Arts Center
Address: 1187 Wanghai Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Acknowledgement: Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Guangzhou
Guided by: Shenzhen Nanshan District Culture, Radio, Film and Tourism Bureau, China Merchants Shekou Holdings
Presented by: China Merchants Culture Industry
Hosted by: Design Society
Venue Support: Sea World Culture and Arts Center