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Viktor & Rolf, the art and the duty of recycle in the High Fashion

Dutch fashion house Viktor & Rolf has used fabrics leftover from past seasons to create the haute-couture garments in its fall/winter 2016 Haute Couture collection.

They repurposed their leftover clothing and materials into new pieces based on their older designs. These past collections have included sculptural white garments made from Cubist facial features, broken picture frames filled with fabric, and giant 3D flowers influenced by Vincent Van Gogh.

Vintage pieces from the Viktor & Rolf archive provided a starting point for the shapes of the garments.

"The collection ponders over the past. Past is looked at in a new light and used as a stepping-stone for the new, the more durable. As such, recycling is used as a means of expression rather than a goal in itself, reflecting a thoughtful attitude and a focus on conscious designing” said in a note the two iconic designer.

The cloth was ripped up and collaged together. Some of the garments combined hundreds of different fabrics. 

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