Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are deservedly renowned as one of the fashion industry’s most creative duos.
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:
(This is technically two “layers” in one.)
10. A season earlier, they presented “Blacklight” for Spring 1999.
11. You’d be shit at laser tag, but still look good losing.
12. Look at this one! It’s like the suit is walking itself!
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.
14. One bonus look from Fall 1998’s “Atomic Bomb” collection.
15. Ok, one more again. Such a good show.
16. In conclusion, be very happy that Viktor & Rolf are making couture — and making couture interesting — again.
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