Viktor & Rolf had an exhibit called The House of Viktor & Rolf at the Barbican Art Gallery, London from June 18 â€“ September 21, 2008
The exhibition will chart their career within the context of a specially commissioned installation by Viktor & Rolf. Dominating both floors of the Gallery, this spectacular installation will be kept under wraps until the opening day. The House of Viktor & Rolf will present all the signature pieces and key moments in their career from 1992 to now. Highlights include Haute Couture pieces from Atomic Bomb, 1998â€“99, featuring dramatic mushroom cloud-like cushioned necklines and Russian Doll, 1999â€“2000, in which a single model was painstakingly dressed by the designers themselves in front of a catwalk audience in 10 independent layers, in an experience reminiscent of performance art. In the boudoir-themed show Bedtime Story, 2005â€“06, the dreamy atmosphere was created by garments abundant with broderie Anglaise, quilting and ruffles.
The exhibition includes pieces from Launch, their â€˜dreams in miniature’ collection of October 1996. At the start of their career, and not yet discovered, Viktor & Rolf created a miniature installation that represented all their ambitions: catwalk show with dolls; a fashion shoot; a shop with glass windows and even the launch of a fake perfume with an ad campaign and press release.
There is a great blog post at If It’s Hip, It’s Here: Viktor & Rolf’s Barbican Exhibit With Side By Side Comparisons of the Dolls & Fashions With The Runway Models. There is a side by side comparison of the dolls to the runway looks that is pretty interesting.