The House of Viktor & Rolf at the Barbican

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An exhibition of work by fashion designers Viktor & Rolf is on show at the Barbican Art Gallery in London.

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The show includes a six-metre high dolls' house designed by Siebe Tettero, filled with 54 porcelain dolls wearing miniature versions of all the outfits on display in the gallery.

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Throughout the exhibition outfits are displayed on life-size porcelain dolls.

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The retrospective exhibition spans the last fifteen years of the Dutch designers' work and continues until 21 September.

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Photographs by Lyndon Douglas, courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery.

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The following information is from the Barbican Art Gallery:

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This summer Barbican Art Gallery showcases the work of Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf. This is the first time in the United Kingdom that an exhibition has been devoted to this highly influential duo. Over the past 15 years Viktor & Rolf have taken the fashion world by storm with their particular blend of cool irony and surreal beauty.

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The House of Viktor & Rolf presents each of the designer’s signature pieces from 1992 to now, shown in a specially commissioned and characteristically theatrical installation that dominates the entire Gallery.

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Highlights include pieces from Atomic Bomb, 1998–99, featuring dramatic mushroom cloud-like cushioned necklines and Russian Doll, 1999–2000, in which a single model was painstakingly dressed by Viktor & Rolf until she was gasping under 70 kilogrammes of exquisite haute couture. For the collection Bells, 2000-2001, models emerged from a smoke-filled space in clothes embroidered with hundreds of brass bells, so they were heard before they could be seen.

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Drawing on the Dutch tradition of silver plating a baby’s first shoe as a keepsake, the climax of Viktor & Rolf’s Autumn/Winter collection of 2006–07, was a strapless wedding dress with a wide petticoated knee length skirt, silver plated, including even the bride’s bouquet.

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The House of Viktor & Rolf Shop
Be sure not to miss The House of Viktor & Rolf shop. As well as selling the book that accompanies the exhibition, a specially commissioned silk scarf by the designers, limited edition versions of their famous perfumes and exhibition postcards, Viktor & Rolf have also selected a unique range of designer objects, books and curiosities that have inspired them.

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Fashion Late–Every Thursday until 10pm
Throughout the exhibition, Barbican Art Gallery is open every Thursday evening until 10pm. Join us for late night themed evenings with a BIG difference. Enjoy fashion fun and games, performances, discussions, master classes, workshops and Off the Peg talks by leading fashion commentators.

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Meet a friend at The House of Viktor & Rolf bar where you can enjoy a specially mixed cocktail.

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The first Thursday of every month offers that extra bit of interactive fashion excitement. Part of Time Out First Thursdays.

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The House of Viktor & Rolf events programme is presented by Barbican Art Gallery in partnership with Premsela, Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion.

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Publication
A 256 page hardback book, the most comprehensive on the work of Viktor & Rolf to date, including 400 fashion photographers, catwalk images and exclusive illustrations and polaroids, is available at a special exhibition price of £32.95 (RRP £35).

Text by Caroline Evans and Susannah Frankel. Designed by FUEL. Published by Merrell in association with Barbican Art Gallery.

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  • alicia

    This is absolutely beautiful! I wish I was in London to see this.

  • Tyler

    exactly_ love them!

  • SerenaT

    Great exhibition!!!

  • Billy

    Saw it – Its not that great imo

  • tim

    If at any point in my life, fifteen years of my work’s seemingly only value to society is to be displayed as goofy outfits on miniature dolls in a doll house while I stand in the background looking pretentiously into a camera, I hope somebody does me in right after that. However, I do commend these gentlemen on having the balls to do this, and those pants.

  • edward

    Freaky

  • Zenza

    These guys are AMAZING!

  • http://poppypetunia.blogspot.com JUST COOL Design Blog

    GENIUS! what an inGENIUS way to showcase their outstanding work. WOWSA!

  • oneyedummy

    looks like some concept of a horror movie
    absolutely terrifying

  • 14street

    this iS amazing, seems like dutch people have a sense of humour though. iThought they did not.

  • ultrajock
  • Fling

    Cool irony after delicate washy – no tumbly dryee

  • Suzy

    Imagine having to make the tiny little clothing… Too small to use a sewing machine.

  • Marianna

    The most incredible, unique, amazing and magical excibition I’ve been to in years. I’m a fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • so

    aren’t victor and rolf a brand of l’oreal? or did i get that wrong and only their perfume was produced by l’oreal? if so, how did they come to get an exhibition?

  • xtiaan

    deeply strange

  • sander

    i was there: heaven of conceptial thinking… just great!

  • libby

    absolutely stunning! and 100% inspiring!

  • http://wJWGBggVBVSQySTaKoN Anton

    Cool!

  • joseph

    Love Victor and Rolf Brilliant brilliant brilliant, I love them super creative :-)

  • niels

    …I think that people who think that Victor & Rolf are a brand of l'oreal shouldn't be allowed to leave comments on dezeen…