Thursday, February 3, 2011

Designer Profile: Viktor & Rolf

"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

Nationality: Dutch

House Inception: 1993, Milan, Italy

Debut Haute Couture Collection: January 1998

Title: Couturiers

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

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