VIKTOR & ROLF is an avant-garde luxury fashion house founded in 1993 by Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren. Widely known and respected for its provocative haute couture and conceptual glamour, both VIKTOR & ROLF couture and Tulle collection are truly daring, and have captivated the world.
The latest Viktor & Rolf Tulle collection is inspired by the Viktor&Rolf Haute Couture SS20 “Patchworks” show, with its air of soft poetry and its innocent romantic touch. Underlining the beauty of imperfection by highlighting the creative principle of conscious design.
PATCHWORKS VIKTOR&ROLF HAUTE COUTURE SPRING/SUMMER 2020
Loosely inspired by Viktor & Rolf’s childhood memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and Denise Holly Hobbie-Ulinskas’ eponymous ’70’s illustration character, Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020 has an air of soft poetry and innocent romance. Having nearly exhausted their stock on their previous upcycling couture shows, Viktor & Rolf turned to their archive of fabric samples: tiny pieces of fabric, sent to the House throughout the years for consideration during the development process of their collections. From this archive, Viktor & Rolf selected some of the most luxurious fabric samples that, patched together, make up this collection. Historically, the technique of patchwork originated from frugal necessity: old clothes were cut up in patches and sewn back together in decorative patterns, in order to be used again. By reusing their high-end couture fabric samples in this way, Viktor & Rolf create a surreal paradox that underlines the beauty of imperfection. This collection highlights the creative principle of conscious design. Doing more with less; constraints providing a steppingstone for meaningful creation. Previous Haute Couture collections (such as Vagabonds, Action
Dolls and Spiritual Glamour) made use of Viktor & Rolf’s archive of stock fabrics, oftentimes dating back 20 to 25 years. The collection shows a series of voluminous, free-flowing dresses and capes, embellished with tiers, ruffles, and crochet galloons. Ranging from floor-length to calf to ultra-mini, several outfits are complemented with wide-brimmed, spontaneously shaped surreal hats.