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Viktor & Rolf: from Flowerbomb to a 70kg outfit – in pictures

The Dutch fashion house Viktor & Rolf is renowned for blurring the lines between fashion and art, from porcelain dolls in miniature haute couture to dresses with their own lighting rigs. This week, the National Gallery of Victoria opened the world premiere of a new exhibition, Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists, showcasing the designers’ intricate and experimental work from their 24-year collaborative partnership. The following …

From PJ Harvey to Terri-Lee Blake: the 'undiluted' photography of Valerie Phillips

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The FEEL FLUX grants the sense of slowing down time

I’ve been playing with my FEEL FLUX for weeks and its hit rate in the amazement department is 100%. Each time you drop the metal ball through the copper tube you’d expect it to zip out the other end but instead, it lazily creeps from one end to the other and dribbles out into your waiting hand.   SILENT CATCH A “Silent Catch” is what …

Barbican exhibition delves into 'vulgar' fashion

What constitutes good – or bad – taste? That is the central question posed at the Barbican’s new exhibition, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined. Taking in 500 years of fashion, and featuring over 40 designers, it brings together garments that were, and are, considered “vulgar”, but the connotations are not necessarily negative. Co-curator Judith Clark said: “It’s meant to celebrate, not to humiliate.” Clark’s fellow curator …

Would you let your arm be randomly inked by a tattooist to the stars?

By 10am, the queue at the Lazarides Gallery in Covent Garden, London, is like the line for Centre Court, or for the release of Apple’s latest brushed aluminium thingy. The first queuers deposited themselves on the pavement at about 2am. Now, the line has wrapped around three sides of a block, and is in danger of lapping itself. The reason is Scott Campbell’s The Whole …

Yazemeenah Rossi: ‘Sexy means alive. I’m alive’

It makes sense that model and photographer Yazemeenah Rossi’s muse is nature. Her sparse Malibu studio is decorated with rocks and crystals. The air is filled with meditation music. There is no TV. “We will sit on the floor,” she says, inviting me to sit cross-legged and barefoot. She brings some chai in a ceramic mug – one she made while taking classes during her …

Viktor&Rolf: What we make should look like it was made by the birds in Cinderella

Walking into the studio of Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren is like walking into a miniature version of Amsterdam’s Royal Palace – except the king and queen are replaced by two fashion designers and a wiener dog named Little Swan. In this luxurious 17th century building, the Dutch designers behind Viktor&Rolf have filled the walls with avant garde garments, sketches and dolls. A selection of …