Iris van Herpen — art, technology, innovation

Iris van Herpen — art, technology, innovation

If your to-sew list is just too full, you still need to finish the party dress, and there are handmade gifts that need to be made…you just have to take a break. At least, let this post be a breather. 

Today, we will talk about Iris van Herpen, a designer who merges art, technology, and innovation. Keep scrolling!

Iris van Herpen comes from Belgium. She started her own brand in 2007 and still manages to stay independent from any huge fashion conglomerate. Just four years after her debut, in 2011, van Herpen’s brand was accepted to the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture as a foreign member – by the standards of the haute couture world, she was recognized very quickly.

Van Herpen also took an internship at Alexander McQueen where she had a chance to learn from McQueen himself.

Iris van Herpen creates haute couture – the brand is known for extraordinary gowns made using high technology.

Iris can be called a fashion alchemist. Why? Just look at her creations. Check out the dress that resembles splashes of black ink and clear water. It was made with acrylic but it looks like plexiglass was somehow maneuvered into a stunning gown.

Van Herpen often collaborates with environmental organizations. Together with Parley for the Oceans, she designed dresses made of recycled ocean plastic. She also invited sculptor Rogan Brown, nail artist Eichi Matsunaga, and visual artist James Merry, who is famous for the face masks he created for Bjork, to participate in the fashion shows.

Iris van Herpen is no stranger to car design. She once took part in designing a Rolls-Royce vehicle – an updated Phantom Syntopia. She focused on textiles and designed a headliner resembling a star-studded sky, three-dimensional decorations, quilted seats, and rear seats upholstered with luxurious silk. The designer admitted to being inspired by flowing water that she wanted the car design to reflect. It looks like everything worked out!

Iris van Herpen presented conceptual clothing made of injection molding and mylar – the innovative approach helped create an effect of water drops stuck in the air. Another mind-blowing collection was dedicated to the relationship between water and air. The designer took organza and PU stretch fabrics and matched them with 3D printing and laser cutting technologies.

Iris van Herpen is living proof that imagination truly has no limitations. You can create anything you can think of and imagine, and your designs will make people applaud you in awe. Don’t miss out on a chance to create something!

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