HAPPENINGText: Sayaka Hirakawa

This summer, the Barbican Art Gallery is showcasing the work of the Netherlands designer duo Viktor & Rolf. This is the retrospective showing their highly influential work of the past fifteen years.

Viktor & Rolf Exhibition

They wear Joe 90 style nerd square glasses, matching suits, and – like any couple that have been together for so long – they finish each other’s sentences.

Viktor & Rolf Exhibition

Viktor & Rolf have been working together since 1992, and have taken the fashion world by storm with their particular blend of cool irony and extraordinary elegance. They launched the widely famous perfume, Flowerbomb, in October 2004 by L’Oreal and oversaw a sell-out collection for high street brand H&M in 2006. The House of Viktor & Rolf presents all the signature pieces from past 25 collections in their career from 1992.

Viktor & Rolf Exhibition

This highlight of the show is the huge dollhouse, measuring six meters high and three floors. Fifty-four specially designed dolls by traditional Belgian doll makers, each around 70 cm tall, are wearing a perfect miniature version of Victor & Rolf collections. All are, handmade by the designers, of course. Each doll has not only been dressed in Victor & Rolf, but also has been made to look like the model that originally wore the item on the catwalk. Even the hair has been styled by a hairdresser.

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