Fashion as Art March 13, 2017 15:03

I recently travelled to Melbourne and besides visiting my favourite flea market at Camberwell I also saw Fashion Artists at the National Gallery. It explored two Dutch fashion designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren and their concept of 'Wearable Art'. 

Since forming their creative partnership in 1992, Viktor and Rolf have gained critical acclaim for their cerebral and witty approach to couture. The exhibition, which coincides with the luxury fashion label’s twenty-fifth anniversary in 2017, explores the elements that make Viktor & Rolf designs unique in the contemporary fashion world. 

In a recent interview, when asked if there are conflicts between being commercially successful in the fashion world and making art both designers said they want to do both and what seems like a contradiction is for them just a creative challenge. 

This makes for both interesting fashion and interesting art- giving art an actual function besides an artistic one. Although wearing these extraordinary theatrical clothes may not be for those of us who are a bit shy or indeed cash poor. Would you wear these clothes?