By  on June 17, 2008

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren would never be expected to mount a straightforward retrospective of their fashion work. In the case of the show opening Wednesday and running through Sept. 21 at London's Barbican, they literally took a doll's-eye view.

For the exhibit "The House of Viktor & Rolf, " which looks back at 15 years of their work, Horsting and Snoeren have re-created 55 looks from their past collections for a series of porcelain dolls. The designers created a 28-foot-high house, complete with intricately detailed doorways and spiral staircases, with architect Siebe Tettero and it stands as an arresting centerpiece to the exhibition. In the cavernous gallery space all around, meanwhile, life-sized porcelain dolls wear the collections in their original model sizes, while videos of the corresponding runway shows play. The duo is set to mark the exhibit's launch with a party at the gallery Wednesday night.

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