Viktor & Rolf creation goes straight from Paris catwalk to museum
The Viktor & Rolf haute couture collection that was presented yesterday evening in Paris will also be on exhibit at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen this autumn. Patron Han Nefkens has acquired a look from the latest red carpet collection and will show the design as part of the ‘The Future of Fashion is Now’ exhibition.

The autumn/winter 2014 haute couture collection has been made entirely of red carpets and was shown on the red carpet yesterday evening. The asymmetrical, wrapped and tied designs make reference to the primitive and spontaneous way of making clothing. The presentation on the red carpet, however, transforms these creations into classic couture, with each design being the result of 300 hours of handwork. The use of animal skin motives alludes both to the use of fur as camouflage according to traditional native customs and the animal print as the archetypical embodiment of glamour.

Fashion of the future
This Viktor & Rolf creation is a valuable addition to the ‘The Future of Fashion is Now’ exhibition that will take place at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen this autumn. The exhibition will reveal the revolutionary visions of the latest generations of fashion designers. It will feature works by more than fifty international designers that reflect the current fashion system and the process of creating fashion – now and in the future. It will focus on both well-known fashion houses and young fashion talent from around the world. The exhibition will furthermore showcase ten creations from the Zen garden collection that Viktor & Rolf presented last year in Paris. Patron Han Nefkens: ‘Viktor & Rolf never fail to surprise me. After last year’s restrained and serene Zen collection, they are now rolling out the red carpet, not to walk on, but to wear. The extraordinary shape, the appealing colour and the soft fabric of the dress I acquired yesterday will be a wonderful addition to the works from the Zen collection. I cannot wait to hear visitors’ reactions when they see both works at “The Future of Fashion is Now” exhibition in October.’

The Future of Fashion is Now exhibition will be on show from 11 October 2014 through 18 January 2015 at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.
The exhibition is an initiative of Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge: an alliance between patron Han Nefkens, fashion expert José Teunissen and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The initiative’s mission is to support fashion talents who work on the cutting edge of fashion and art and to initiate commissions and support research into valuable changes in the fashion scene.

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Viktor & Rolf creation goes straight from Paris catwalk to museum                              

The ArtAids foundation was set up in 2006 at Han Nefkens’ initiative. ArtAids fights AIDS with the power of art as its most important weapon. ArtAids invites leading artists to produce work that is inspired by AIDS and related problems. These works of art are used to raise the public’s consciousness and to encourage their involvement.

Fundació Han Nefkens

The Han Nefkens Foundation is a private non-profit organisation that was set up in Barcelona in 2009 with the aim of promoting the production of contemporary artworks. The mission is to stimulate artistic creation in Barcelona by offering international artists an opportunity to create artworks and interventions in the city, and to promote other fields of contemporary creation.


Han Nefkens started to collect art in 2000. The H+F Collection, named after himself and his partner Felipe, is in long-term loan to various museums in The Netherlands and abroad. Nowadays Han Nefkens is not only active as a collector but also as an initiator of international art projects, often in collaboration with museums and other art institutions.