Wednesday, 16 July 2008

HOT: The House of Viktor & Rolf, Barbican Centre

As Yalin said, V&R are performance artists than mere clothing designers. This exhibition is a retrospective of their ready-to-wear and couture collections since 1993, displayed on miniature dolls in a giant white dolls house, as well as life-size dolls posed in front of screens looping catwalk shows. Beyond some of their more outlandish collections (sleeping bag gown and a giant pillow for your head, anyone?) was some beautifully cut and creative clothing. One of my favourites was the use of bluescreen technology to project images onto clothes made from chromakey blue - so dresses became cloudscapes, coats became a row of tanks and trousers projected the sunset.

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