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Van Gogh Girls - Viktor&Rolf

from November 29 2015 until February 21 2016

Viktor&Rolf, Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture. Look 8, Taylor Hill. Photo: Peter Stigter. Viktor&Rolf, Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture. Look 18, Yumi Lambert. Photo: Peter Stigter. Viktor&Rolf, Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture. Look 2, Alisa Ahmann. Photo: Peter Stigter.

Three creations from Viktor&Rolf’s spring/summer 2015 haute couture collection ‘Van Gogh Girls’ will be shown at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen from 5 December to
14 February 2016. Art collector Han Nefkens bought the three outfits, including the spectacular finale outfit, during Paris Fashion Week and gave them on a long-term loan to the museum. The collection is made up of A-line babydoll dresses with flower prints combined with exuberant straw hats and flip-flops. With each successive dress more and more of the flowers come to life, eventually expanding to create enormous sculptural silhouettes.

The straw hats give a surreal nod to rustic country life and eventually fuse with the dresses to form a unified whole. All the fabrics were produced by VLISCO using traditional batik-inspired painting and printing techniques.

Conceptual haute couture

Viktor Horsting (1969) and Rolf Snoeren (1969) are well known for their conceptual haute couture and unorthodox fashion shows. In the past they have presented an entire collection layer by layer on a single model, presented their clothes in a thick mist, hosted a fashion show only online, and sent models down the catwalk with light and sound installations strapped to their shoulders. Their conceptual collections often blur the distinctions between fashion and art.

Van Gogh as inspiration

For this collection Viktor&Rolf took their inspiration from the raw energy of Vincent van Gogh’s depictions of the countryside. Nature was his consolation and an inexhaustible source of new motifs for his art. This year is the 125th anniversary of the death of the artist who continues to inspire people all around the world.

Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge

The special partnership between Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge, in association with José Teunissen, has provided a platform for innovative fashion designers for almost a decade. Han Nefkens: ‘It gives me great pleasure that these creations by the leading Dutch couturiers will be seen by a large audience in the museum. For me it represents much more than simply being the owner of the works; I want to share a vision with other people.’ Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge has previously acquired outfits by Walter van Beirendonck, Craig Green, Regina Pyo and Christophe Coppens and given them on a long-term loan to the museum.
Han Nefkens and Viktor & Rolf have enjoyed a lengthy partnership. Pieces from Viktor&Rolf’s ‘Zen Garden’ collection were included in the exhibition ‘The Future of Fashion is Now’ at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, an initiative of Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge. The exhibition is now on display at the OCAT in Shanghai until 28 February 2016. It will then travel to the Hua Gallery in Shenzhen from 26 March to 31 July 2016.