Framed Paintings? Wearable Art?
You probably will never connect framed painting with wearable fashion. However, in Dutch fashion designers Viktor and Rolf‘s hands, those rigid framed paintings are intricately transformed into avant-garde gowns. In Paris Fashion show, Viktor and Rolf unhooked their Baroque-style “paintings” from the wall and reshaped them onto their subjects. After the painted fabric was rearranged, it blossomed into dresses, coats or skirts that were inspired by 17th-century Dutch Golden Age artwork – the whole process was performed right in front of the audience. Moreover, there was a distinct contrast between the gilded frames and decorated fabric, but these two elements worked together to create a sense of drama and vibrancy. Just like the designers’ show notes said “Poetry becomes reality, morphing back into fantasy.”