Fashion as Art

I have just returned from a few enjoyable days in Melbourne getting my big city fix and catching up with friends and my youngest son. A highlight for me was the opportunity to visit the National Gallery of Victoria
for the Viktor and Rolf exhibition.

The exhibition is titled Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists and this perfectly describes  their radical conception
of wearable art.The garments on display feature some of their most show-stopping and distinctive works.

This is titled “Performance of Sculptures” haute couture collection spring-summer 2016.

Bedtime Story, Autumn -Winter 2005. This is one of the 21 dolls , all made by a Belgian doll maker , that
wear intricately crafted miniature versions of each major collection.

 For obvious reasons this one is titled Cutting Edge, interesting concept not so sure this one is wearable art.

One of my favourites , titled Vagabond, the combination of fabrics and colours was really quite something.

Russian Dolls, eight different garments that were worn simultaneously by a model , just like a Russian doll.

Fashion as Art , worn as a garment on the catwalk then removed and placed on the wall just like a painting.

Fashion as art it was and I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to view this exhibition and admire
the creativity of these talented designers.

Graphic black and white with coloured necklace and bangle paired a black crop leather jacket and Moyuru
pants seemed right for the gallery.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday

and Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.



  1. Marea Dotz
    November 20, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Oh, I'm envious. What a fascinating exhibit. I'm sure it stirred up your creative juices. I laughed when I read about needing a "big city fix". I, too, seem to need one at least once a month. Last week, I tried to get to Portland, but there was another train derailment east of Spokane, stopping all trains. Will try again soon. Andy Warhol at the art museum!

    • Jill James
      November 22, 2016 / 10:00 am

      I'm so glad I 'm not the only one who needs a big city fix now and again, I hope yours happens sooner rather than later. This was a fascinating exhibition I feel very privileged to see it.

  2. Laurie Duncan
    November 21, 2016 / 2:02 am

    A very interesting exhibit! You're outfit is definitely artistic! 🙂

    • Jill James
      November 22, 2016 / 10:03 am

      Thank you so much Laurie , the exhibition has inspired some creativity.

  3. Olga Rani
    November 21, 2016 / 3:02 am

    What a great exhibition! Those dresses are indeed pieces of art! As always you look so stylish, love glimpses of colour that the necklace and bangle bring to your black and white outfit.

    • Jill James
      November 22, 2016 / 10:02 am

      Thank you Olga , the exhibition was quite wonderful. My black and white is always a favourite to take travelling.

  4. dan
    November 22, 2016 / 8:47 am

    I always like how you mix fashion and local culture. An interesting visit to an exhibition and a beautiful black and white outfit…once more…I love your blog !

    • Jill James
      November 22, 2016 / 10:06 am

      Thank you so much Dan, I am pleased to know you enjoy my mix of fashion and culture.

  5. Patti
    November 22, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    What a fabulous collection of (sometimes) wearable art! Love the miniatures. And you look terrific as well. in black and white. Thanks for linking, xo-Patti

    • Jill James
      November 23, 2016 / 5:08 am

      Thankyou Patti, it was a fabulous collection and the creativity of the designers was just amazing.The miniatures were quite beautiful.Thankyou for hosting Visible Monday.

  6. Anna Parkes
    November 22, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful collection Jill. The pieces are out of this world and must have been amazing to see close up. I love the one called Vagabond and could imagine wafting around dreamily in it. You looked suitably chic in your cool black and white ensemble – very stylish. Such a fabulous post my dear, so memorable for you too.Anna

    • Jill James
      November 23, 2016 / 5:11 am

      Thank you Anna I was so lucky to have been in Melbourne to see this exhibition. I loved the Vagabond collection , so many fabrics all woven together.I can see you wafting around your beautiful island in this one.

  7. Elizabeth g. Arthur
    November 23, 2016 / 3:14 am

    Oh Jill, what a fabulous exhibition. I can understand you were in your element in beautiful Melbourne. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous creations. xx

    • Jill James
      November 23, 2016 / 5:14 am

      Many thanks Elizabeth , I always enjoy a Melbourne visit especially if it coincides with a fabulous exhibition, so glad you enjoyed a glimpse .

  8. Jessica Jannenga
    November 26, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    So interesting! Love your black and white outfit Jill and the art is fascinating. Love the colorful doll like scultpurethanks for linking up with turning heads tuesdayjess

    • Jill James
      November 28, 2016 / 9:00 am

      Thank you Jess , it was a fascinating exhibition and I feel lucky to have been in Melbourne at the right time.The dolls were works of art in their own right.The graphic black and white seemed just right for the gallery.

  9. Natalia Lialina
    November 28, 2016 / 7:11 am

    I've never heard of these designers, thank you for introducing them to me, Jill! What a fantastic exhibit. It reminded me of one wearable art exhibit in Seattle Art Museum a few years back, but unfortunately I can't remember the designer's name. I always enjoy reading about your adventures, and Melbourne has a special place in my heart, I hope to visit it some day! These colorful accessories are some of my favorite from your collection.

    • Jill James
      November 28, 2016 / 9:15 am

      So glad you enjoyed a peak into the world of Viktor and Rolf through this exhibition , it was indeed fantastic. Like you I find wearable art so fascinating to see.I do hope you do get to Melbourne one day, I am sure you would enjoy it as a great city to visit.

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