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PRINT May 2008

The House of Viktor & Rolf

The Barbican Art Gallery will present some sixty assemblages, videos, and prized clothing items from the pair's collections past and present, in addition to a spectacular major installation.

Curated by Jane Alison

Shoppers at H&M stores and perfume counters are now acquainted with the mass-marketed version of Viktor & Rolf, but for years the idiosyncratic Dutch duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren were known primarily as the apogee of fashion's avant-garde. Having met in art school in the late 1980s, the look-alike designers presented their first womenswear collection in 1993. Since then, their performance-heavy antics have included piling ten dresses on one model and fogging up a runway so that their bell-adorned clothing could be better heard than seen. The Barbican Art Gallery will present some sixty assemblages, videos, and prized clothing items from the pair's collections past and present, in addition to a spectacular major installation. Curated by Jane Alison and designed by architect Siebe Tettero, the show promises to uphold the label's love affair with irreverence and wit.