The idea of monarchic power and the facade that stands behind the new generation of royals let Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren to a series of questions, starting with presenting their show in the form of an exhibition at the Chapelle Expiatoire, a neoclassical chapel built on the grounds where Louis XIV and Marie-Antoinette were buried after their execution during the French Revolution.
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The meaning of “royalty”, the disconnect between the facade of institutions, the reality behind the scenes, and the language used to speak about them, all these questions inspired the Dutch couturiers to offer larger-than-life silhouettes that revisited the luxurious trappings of a regal wardrobe.
Showcasing how all women can be queens and the idea of “keeping up appearances” regardless of what happens behind the scenes, each look was crafted out of the same three elements: a dress, a coat, and an accompanying sash boasting cheeky slogans such as “Always wear your invisible crown” and “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen”.
“This season, Viktor & Rolf wanted to show how everyone can become a Queen and how everyone can behave like royalty”, read the show notes.
Longtime signifiers of wealth and power, furs were actually made in plastic, jewels of paste and gowns patchworked in polyester.
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