Melbourne NGV: Viktor and Rolf

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When in the city you just gotta go see some art. Fashion isn’t my forte in all fairness, I recognise it as art and love experimenting with styles but ask me about designers and I can tell you the bare minimum. Thankfully two beautifully stylish Belgian ladies have come into my life lately and under their influence I ended up visiting the Viktor and Rolf Fashion Artist’s exhibition at The National Gallery of Victoria. I rarely spend money on art exhibitions but for $18 this one was super worth it. Like literature and photography, these designers hold this creative mystery of their own. It’s always the creator I find most fascinating over the product, getting into their heads and understanding the passions and inspirations. I never would of guessed that Viktor and Rolf were such independent minds, rebelling against what the fashion industry wanted and instead creating these worlds for their runway shows that are so statement and relevant to current affairs. One concept in particular in which each model donned her own set of lights and speakers, as a nod to having her own private show, snapped my attention. Another line saw garments missing pieces as a nod to the economic crisis and another was made using pieces from past shows as a reaction to recycling. One of the most statement of all was a collection in which the silhouettes of their creations created the shape of a mushroom cloud as an echo of the fear instilled by looming nuclear threats. Their pride in their collections is evident in the little (pretty creepy) Russian dolls they had made wearing their favourite piece as a memory from every show. The thought put into the collections and the outside influences inspiring them makes the dresses you look at less confusing and more awe inspiring. So if you’re around in the city and looking for an activity to maybe stretch your mind a bit or if you’re into fashion definitely check out this exhibition.

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Melbourne: ‘Not All Art Belongs In A Gallery’

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