The exhibition encourages children to explore their creativity through interactive multimedia activities and paper craft and we got a sneak peek today.
The entrance is dominated by a glass case displaying the couture wedding dress design by Viktor and Rolf for Her Royal Highness Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau. The hand-crafted satin dress features 248 georgette silk bows, each symbolising enduring love.
Then using crepe, paper, raffia and tape, kids can make their own extravagant collars and cuffs inspired the Viktor & Rolf’s bows, collars and ruffles.
Because the activity requires some manual dexterity and the use of scissors, young children need to be supervised.
The workspace really does resemble a fashion atelier as the kids get to work pleating, taping and cutting in a cloud of white – the only thing missing is the white lab coats!
Once the creations are finished kids can enter one of the dioramas and stage their own fashion shoot. There’s a harlequin-themed space, a flower room and a fairytale forest backdrop.
I think Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids is most suitable for children 3+ years if they like craft (unlike Baby 2.0 who is not terribly interested in crafting) or 5+ years generally. It’s not an exhibition that’s great for babies and toddlers as the space is tight (prams have to park outside) and there’s no sensory play.
To coincide with the exhibition Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids you can buy an activity drawing book which you can fill with your own fashion designs and illustrations and learn about Viktor & Rolf’s vision and fashion collections guided by Viktor & Rolf’s pet dachshund, Little Swan. Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists, A Drawing Book for Kids is available for RPP $16.95 at the NGV design store.
- Not suitable for babies or toddlers
- Suitable for preschoolers (3+ years) who are interested in craft;
- Not much room for prams inside, will probably have pram parking outside;
- Head to the NGV Car Wash afterwards for lunch and a run around; and
- Family Members receive exclusive access to Atelier:Viktor&Rolf for Kids before the Gallery opens to the public at 9am Sat 22 Oct.