"For us, fashion is an antidote to reality." - Viktor & Rolf
Names: Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren
Born: Both in 1969.
Birthplace: Viktor: Geldrop, Netherlands / Rolf: Dongen, Netherlands
House Inception: 1993, Milan, Italy
Debut Haute Couture Collection: January 1998
Labels: Viktor & Rolf (Prêt-à-Porter, Haute Couture 1998-2000), Viktor & Rolf Monsieur (menswear division), Viktor & Rolf Parfums, Viktor & Rolf Eyewear.
Education: Both met while studying at the Arnhem Academy of Art & Design in The Netherlands
Inspirations: The duo have stated inspirations are drawn from dreams which are brought to fruition through the art of fabric and design. Renowned for their concept-driven shows, Viktor & Rolf's runway presentations deliver incredibly intricate designs through the deconstruction of fragile fabrics such as tulle and chiffon. The duo is also quite keen advocates of a-symmetrical designs.
Classifications: Haute couture (For the few years of 1998-2000, Viktor & Rolf were invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to be corresponding guest members), prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear), menswear, accessories, beauty & fragrance, eyewear.
Clients: Cheryl Cole, Tilda Swinton, Roisin Murphy