Impressionist & Modern Art

Viktor & Rolf Debuts Wearable Picasso

By Stephanie Sporn

With Sotheby’s London 5 February sale of works from the collection of Marina Picasso on our minds, we took a special interest in Viktor & Rolf’s intriguing Spring/Summer 2016 Couture show. The art-minded Dutch design duo’s all white, highly abstract collection, called The Performance of Sculptures, conjured Picasso’s papiers collés and the angular visages of his female portraits.

LOOKS FROM VIKTOR & ROLF'S SPRING/SUMMER 2016 HAUTE COUTURE RUNWAY COLLECTION. © firstVIEW 2016

The Cubist ensembles adorned with misplaced eyes, noses and bosoms became increasingly complex during the runway presentation in Paris, with the final architectural looks’ vision-obscuring dimensions testing the bounds of wearability. It’s hard to imagine Viktor & Rolf outdoing their Fall 2015 Couture show, in which models wore framed and folded canvases, but this avant-garde tour de force was equally as museum-worthy.

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