Viktor & Rolf Took the 'Fashion As Art' Theme Very Literally at Its Couture Show

These looks should be hanging in a museum — and that can probably be arranged.
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These looks should be hanging in a museum — and that can probably be arranged.
A look from the Viktor & Rolf fall 2015 couture show. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from the Viktor & Rolf fall 2015 couture show. Photo: Imaxtree

Is fashion art? The answer to that question has been a topic of debate for nearly two centuries. Lest there be any doubters among Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren's followers, the duo put on a runway show-cum-gallery exhibition to present their fall 2015 couture collection — and we think they successfully proved their point.

Models walked out in front of a stark white wall, wearing dramatically constructed dresses that looked to be made from canvas, wooden framing, paint-spattered denim and, as the show progressed, prints that recalled centuries-old portraits and still lifes. Instead of heading backstage, the models stopped in front of the designers, who deconstructed their garments and hung them on the empty wall behind them. By the time the show came to a close, a full gallery had been created, making for a memorable finale moment. 

While it is a joy to have a piece of treasured clothing tucked away in a closet, we imagine it would be even nicer to hang it on a wall. Viktor & Rolf, you may be onto something. See some highlights from the runway show in the gallery below.