Why Viktor & Rolf’s Return To Haute Couture Will Most Definitely Be Amazing

It’s been thirteen years since the designers’ last high fashion collection, but their theatrical aesthetic remains right on point.

Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are deservedly renowned as one of the fashion industry’s most creative duos.

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In their runway shows, they’ve dressed models in bedding.

(Viktor & Rolf Fall 2005)

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And kept a bedtime theme going.

(Viktor & Rolf Fall 2009)

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For Spring 2010, they went wild with tulle netting.

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And for Fall 2011, they painted their models faces bright red.

(One model, Lindsey Wixson, had an allergic reaction to the face paint used and had to fly home from Paris Fashion Week early.)

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They once sent models onto the catwalk with their very own lighting rigs attached to the clothes. (Also, clogs.)

(Viktor & Rolf Fall 2007)

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Also, they once had Tilda Swinton open a show.

(Viktor & Rolf Fall 2003)

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And the Barbican Museum in London featured their designs in a wonderful exhibition back in 2008.

Ok, the dolls were a bit creepy.

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And that’s just their ready-to-wear. This July, the designers will return to the wild, wonderful world of couture.

France’s Chambre Syndicale — a group governing the country’s fashion industry — confirmed yesterday that Viktor & Rolf will present a Haute Couture collection this July in Paris, as part of the Fall 2013 Couture shows. It’s a long-awaited return to the schedule for the duo’s fans.

Between 1998 and 2000, Viktor & Rolf showed five couture collections, each a spectacle; each spectacular. Arguably the best-known of the collections: Fall 1999’s “Russian Doll. Beginning with model Maggie Rizer in a simple (and itchy) hessian sack dress, Horsting and Snoeren added layer after layer of clothing over the course of the presentation until, well, basically until they just couldn’t fit any more on her. Marvel at the process below:

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(This is technically two “layers” in one.)

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10. A season earlier, they presented “Blacklight” for Spring 1999.

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11. You’d be shit at laser tag, but still look good losing.

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12. Look at this one! It’s like the suit is walking itself!

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13. Their (until now) final couture collection walked in July 2000.

For Fall 2000, Viktor & Rolf presented “Bells.” Photos can’t do the outfits justice (so watch a video here) because as the collection’s title suggests, each look featured bells. Lots of bells. Little bells, big bells, cowbells, hand bells, sleigh bells. Bells akimbo. And as the models walked, they jingled.

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14. One bonus look from Fall 1998’s “Atomic Bomb” collection.

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15. Ok, one more again. Such a good show.

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16. In conclusion, be very happy that Viktor & Rolf are making couture — and making couture interesting — again.

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