Traditional Groningen Costume / Viktor & Rolf

The Dutch fashion designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, both born in 1969, investigate the interface between fashion and art. With their series Black hole (autumn-winter 2001-2002), which appeared shortly before the attack of 11 September 2001, the two designers examined the black hole. They took the notion of the black hole, which absorbs all light and energy, as their starting point for generating something positive and creative.

The next series was White (spring-summer 2002). White, customary for wedding dresses, is also the colour for girls who take their first Communion and are thus formally received into the Roman Catholic Church. White is often worn on occasions marking a new stage in life. This series emphasizes the qualities of goodness, love, purity, and a positive attitude.

Anyone wearing Viktor & Rolf’s garments is almost inundated under the message of the design. In much the same way, women’s attire in Groningen in the 19th century was also a symbol: it illustrated the prosperity and origins of the family. Contemporary fashion – primarily determined in Paris – was translated in a distinct manner. The shape of the sleeves and the collar, the fabric and style of the jewellery followed the fashion of the time. At the same time, however, traditional regional costume was also a determining factor. It consisted of a jacket, a skirt with an apron, a scarf, and a golden cap brooch. An elegant lace bonnet covered the golden cap. The splendid pieces of jewellery were made by local gold and silversmiths.

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