The Making of Viktor & Rolf’s Upcycled Couture Gown


According to designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, the full, layered skirt is comprised of 100 meters of tulle in dégradé pink and lavender, with “shards” of cotton, acetate, and silk appliquéd on top.

The sparkling gold foil around each piece is a riff on Kintsugi, the principle of repairing Japanese pottery so the cracks are highlighted. “For us, [the collection] incites a poetic romance, one that acknowledges the beauty of imperfection,” Horsting and Snoeren told

“Delving deeper into conscious designing, we utilized existing vintage dresses—which were often damaged with visible signs of wear—and reassembled their components into something new, essentially transforming the imperfect into something of inimitable beauty.”

Seven team members in Viktor & Rolf’s atelier spent 1,260 hours—roughly four weeks—finishing the piece. You can read more about the entire collection in Amy Verner’s review here.

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