Viktor and Rolf
Aug 10, 2014
I think my favourite show is still their Spring 2010 show, in which the designer duo used a lot of tulle and literally cut holes in some of the ball gowns inspired by the fact that the credit crunch made everyone cut back at the time. And what I especially liked, is how they let variations on these designs return in their collaboration with the Dutch National Ballet for the show Dutch Doubles in spring earlier this year.
I feel like V&R never cease to surprise their audience, which they definitely did with their latest Fall 2014 collection for which they made dresses not necessarily for (the), but from red carpet. All pieces were made of red fabric which the designers folded, knotted and tied into fabulous dresses. Some decorated with voluminous bows, others with hand crafted animal print.
Finally, what I admire about Viktor and Rolf is that even though they are world famous fashion designers they are still quite down to earth. I experienced this myself when I was about to cycle home from the fantastic Dutch Double performance by the Dutch National ballet. A lot of people where coming out of the theater walking towards their cars and bikes and amongst them where Viktor and Rolf themselves. Just like me, they got on their bikes and rode home through the rain.
I wanted to show you some of the designs of the shows I just mentioned in a special way. The New York Times used a gorgeous visualisation technique for some of the fashion shows of 2013 and I used this technique to make two small visualisations myself. The results can be seen here:
Hand crafted animal prints
Ball gown with a hole
Changing the code to display the Viktor & Rolf shows was not too hard, but I did struggle quite a bit with finding the right size for the images. At first either the height was too small or the width was too wide, so the models all looked really strange. In the end I found the right imageWidth to be 50 and the right imageHeight to be 225. But I must confess I found this by trial and error and not by some clever calculation.