The Dutch Fashion designer of the new age Iris van Herpen creates a surreal garment with the latest high-tech achievements.
Van Herpen invents new methods of mixing materials, works with complex organic motives, and creates dynamic abstract illusions destroying the shapes.
Her striking works are made like constructions and remain more sculptures than dresses. Because of this, in 2012 Van Herpen had a personal exhibition in the Groninger Museum in one of the main museums in Holland.
Van Herpen’s passion for science and futurism is always present in her works.
At Le Trianon on July 2, for the Paris Haute Couture, she presented her new “Syntopia” collection consisting of 17 3-D dresses. This was an amazing show with a dynamic lighting installation in the background.
Her marvelous collection reflects the latest designer interests. Not long ago, she tried chronophotography- a Victorian photography technique that captures movement in several frames of print. With this method, she studied flying birds and their wing movements.
Van Herpen uses her impressions while working on her recent collection. Some of her patterns appear like feathers. The main textiles are organza and cotton. She drapes them in waved layers like the slow motions effect of the moving wings.
Transparent fabrics give an illusion of weightlessness and the feeling as if the models are moving over the runway.
Above the runway Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift, made a spectacular lightning installation Called 20 Steps. 20 Marvelous Crystal tubes moved up and down during the fashion show and simulated the bird’s flight. This symbolized the human’s desire to fly and was a compliment to the main idea of the show.
Iris Van Herpen graduated from the prestigious ArtEZ Academy of Art & Design Arnhem in Holland. Her teachers are still proud of her and think of Van Herpen as their main achievement.
Van Herpen did an internship with Alexander McQueen in London before she established her own brand in 2007. A year later, she was nominated for the prestigious Createurope – The Fashion Academy Award.
Her outfits appeared in Vogue, Numero, Harper’s Bazaar, Dazed, and others.