Inspiration: Viktor & Rolf At The National Gallery Of Victoria

An all white gown made of Piqué, image Ms Amy Farrell

An all white gown made of Piqué, image Ms Amy Farrell

A couple of weeks ago I was down in Melbourne for a short overnight stay, but I made sure I had time to indulge in some culture by heading to the NGV to view one of their main exhibitions, Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists

With thirty of the Dutch duo's incredible haute-couture creations being showcased, this exhibition had been on my “must see” list for quite some time.

And without giving too much away, as I do hope you can make it there yourselves, the piece that really stopped me in my tracks was an avant-garde gown the pair had created some 23 years ago as the hero piece of a collection they submitted into a design competition in their home town of Arnhem in the Netherlands. After taking out top place with this exact gown the two joined forces, moved to Paris and formed the brand we know today as Viktor & Rolf. 

Of course, gown after gown in this exhibition was truly exquisite (they were honestly more like works of art than wearable fashion - after all, Viktor & Rolf are self-proclaimed fashion artists), but more than that, it was an incredible feeling to be surrounded by their work and immersed in their journey of a life dedicated to design, their creative minds constantly pushing the boundaries and challenging the fashion status quo.

So if you find yourself in Melbourne in the next few weeks, do yourself a favour and head to the NGV to enjoy the journey of two of the fashion world’s most passionate artists.

Victoria & Rolf: Fashion Artists runs until 17 February 2017.