: Viktor & Rolf – Battle for the Sun :

Battle for the Sun


Shot backstage at Viktor & Rolf’s autumn/winter 2011 show in Paris.

design duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have created their own galaxy for autumn/winter 2011 – scarlet-faced warrior queens march out to do battle, in preparation for a war against beauty.

“We were compelled to create an army – an army to battle for beauty. A crusade to communicate our passion for fashion. What emerged is a sharp, graphic approach to tailoring; strong fabrics such as heavy felt, bonded suiting, sculpted leather and tuxedo wool were softened and crafted into pieces fit for our battlefield.” they explained.

director KT Auleta captured models as they exited from backstage onto the catwalk in Paris last month, and focused on the dramatic red faces created for the show by make-up artist Pat McGrath. “This developed alongside the concept of the show,” the designers add, “which was Battle for the Sun. Pat is always able to translate a concept into a real, beautiful reality.”

the designers want the clothes to look like modern armour with powerful silhouettes, fortified fabrics, bold colour contrasts and triumphant beauty – to illustrate a powerful facial statement that is aggressive yet beautiful at the same time.

“The style for the show was ‘modern medieval’,” says hairdresser Luigi Murenu. “So I did textured hair with a braid on both sides, weaved together into a stronger one at the back – to represent a romantic but aggressive warrior woman.”


Film Direction: KT Auleta
Make-up: Pat McGrath
Hair: Luigi Murenu
Styling: Katie Shillingford
Casting Management: Andrew Weir at ACW
Music Production: 
Diederik Idenburg
Text: Harriet Walker


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