Iris Van Herpen has received global recognition for singly becoming fashion’s leading exponent of fusing fashion and technology; redefining modern luxury through a personal dialogue that has developed in her work between the hand and the machine.
Upon graduating Arnhem’s ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in 2006, Iris honed her craft refining her skills under Alexander McQueen before launching her première collection “Fragile Futurity” in July 2007 during Amsterdam Fashion Week. Experimenting with shapes and forms of wings, horns, and snake prints became the foundation for her reciprocity between craftsmanship and innovation in technique and materials. With every garment requiring a unique treatment of material, or spawning of completely new fabrications by way of collaborations with other artists and scientists, Iris has created a modern view on Haute Couture. Through the combination of fine handwork techniques with digital technology in creating 3D printed garments that take on new volumes and silhouettes, imitating splashes of water and electromagnetic waves, Iris was invited to showcase her collections in January 2011 by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture before debuting as an official member the following season.
The designer’s clothes are stocked internationally, and showcased through multiple exhibitions including a solo traveling exhibition Iris Van Herpen – Transforming Fashion and the Metropolitan Museum’s 2016 Manus x Machina – Fashion in an Age of Technology.
Iris has worked with some of the world’s most celebrated artists including Björk, Scarlett Johansson, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Tilda Swinton, Grimes, Daphne Guinness, and continues to collaborate with leading editorial and creative forces in fashion and entertainment industries.
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