Being as in I was in the Barbican area I popped into the Barbican Center for a coffee at the Waterside Cafe. And to my mighty surprise I find out that the House of Viktor and Rolf, the radical Dutch fashion designers will be showcasing their work for the first time in the UK at the Barbican. The exhibit will open at June 18 and the duo will be presenting their signature pieces from 1992 to now. The work will be curated in, and I quote, “characteristically theatrical installation” (very V&R!!)
I personally can’t wait to see the Russian Doll piece where a single model was painstakingly dressed by the designers until she was gasping for breath under 70 kilograms of haute couture.
But what looks like the most exciting part of the showcase will be the designers transforming the Barbican shop into The House of Viktor & Rolf shop. A range of designed accessories, clothes, and special edition perfume will be sold at the shop along with a range of objects, books, accessories, and curiosities that have inspired them to design.
On a more random note, check out this new art at the Curve space by Hans Schabus. For his first UK solo show he presented an installation of 461 chairs dramatically arranged on a 90 degree angle along the crescent – shaped walls. The chairs sourced from the Barbican provide archeology of its design and history and show the diversity of the activities that took place there. It was hilarious trying to sit on a chair!