Viktor & Rolf knighted under the Order of Netherlands Lion
On Thursday 25 October, Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf were knighted under the Order of Netherlands Lion, a Dutch royal recognition of merit for those in the arts, science, sport and literature.
Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren received the royal tribute during a meeting that celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fashion house, from the city of Amsterdam’s deputy mayor Touria Meliani.
The City of Amsterdam praised the design duo as "icons of design and creativity," commenting: “For 25 years Viktor & Rolf have shown their unique style and international influence in the fashion industry. For 25 years they have been pushing the boundaries of the fashion world. A great achievement. And they did that through the years with their talent, drive and professionalism.”
Furthermore, the City of Amsterdam commended the "unique design view that make Viktor & Rolf’s' works collectors' items" and how the duo is an example for a new generation of creative talent by "passing on their knowledge, skills and insight in fashion education. And thus for the development of Dutch fashion design."
Horsting and Snoeren are both graduates of ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands. In its 25 years of existence, the fashion house has received many renowned international fashion prizes, including: Prix de la Presse, Prix du Jury, Grand Prix de la Ville de Hyères, Salon Européen des Jeunes Stylistes, Hyères, France; Stelle della Moda, Avant-garde Designers, San Remo, Italy; and MODINT, Grand Seigneur award, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The Order of the Netherlands Lion is part of the Dutch order of chivalry. The award was founded in 1815 by King William I of the Netherlands. The prize acknowledges those that have distinguished themselves by an exceptional artistic achievement; exceptional scientific (research) performance; exceptional technical innovation or exceptional innovative entrepreneurship.
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