KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.

Jacket and pants

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama

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Jacket and pants

Autumn/Winter 2003

Viktor Horsting, Rolf Snoeren
Viktor & Rolf
Black figured wool; layered with colored cotton and silk collars.
Inventory Number(s)
AC11077 2004-4AB

This look is part of the Fall 2003 collection, which used distinctive volumes and layering to exaggerate contemporary basic items. Victor&Rolf have a strong concern for how things can best be shown in a contemporary color context. Although they are using the basic colors of contemporary apparel, white, black, and beige, they allude to the cyclical nature of color choice in fashion today. Periodic restyling and the shifting of trends in popular colors are industrial strategies designed to refresh a product’s distinctive edge. This can be seen as a natural result of the demand for maintaining differentials when societies and markets are inundated by colors. It was also a time when the achromatic and reserved neutral colors selected for 19th century menswear had become basic colors of contemporary womenswear.