Iris van Herpen – Introspective — Creative Exchange Agency

IRIS VAN HERPEN

ARTIST + FASHION DESIGNER

Iris van Herpen

Widely recognized as one of the industry’s most talented and forward-thinking creators, Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen continuously pushes the boundaries of design. Since launching her eponymous label in 2007, van Herpen has been preoccupied with inventing new forms and methods of sartorial expression by combining the most traditional, and the most radical, materials and methods into her unique aesthetic vision.

Hailed as a pioneer in utilizing 3D printing as a garment construction technique, van Herpen is an innovator who is comfortable with using technology as one of the guiding principles in her work because of its sculptural nature and unfamiliar form. The designer’s intent is to blend the past and the future into a distinct version of the present by fusing technology and traditional couture craftsmanship.

Her singular vision combined with the complexity of her creations has made van Herpen a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and a fixture on the Paris Haute Couture calendar, where she has shown since 2011.

Today, van Herpen continues to work within her Amsterdam studio, where new ideas are born, and where Haute Couture orders are meticulously crafted for her global clientele, each creation passing through the designer’s own hands.

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COLLECTIONS

'Earthrise'
'Earthrise'
'Earthrise'
'Earthrise'
'Hypnosis'
'Hypnosis'
'Shift Souls'
'Shift Souls'

“[Her] work reveals the secret structures of our existence giving us a multidimensional experience of what it is to be alive. It is an investigation into the past, present and future in all its primal and mythological forms.”

- Dazed Magazine
'Syntopia'
'Syntopia'
'Syntopia'
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PROCESS / APPLICATION

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'Ludi Naturae,' process
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'Ludi Naturae,' process

“Van Herpen is considered to be one of the most innovative and consequential fashion designers currently at work, her clothing often looks more like modern sculpture. She loves anatomy-defying shapes, and has made evening dresses embellished with triangular acrylic spikes that evoke ice crystals, and tops crafted from flame-burnished iron mesh.”

- The New Yorker
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Detail of 'Ludi Naturae'
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Detail of 'Ludi Naturae'
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COLLABORATIONS

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'Visualizing the invisible'
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'Micro'
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'Lucid Dreams'
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'Cymatic'

“For me fashion is an expression of art that is very closely related both to me and to my body. I see it as an expression of identity combined with desire, moods and a cultural setting.”

- Iris van Herpen
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Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands

“Iris Van Herpen has spent the last decade establishing herself as not just a designer but as someone who is constantly pushing the boundaries of what clothing can be. Her high-tech creations are often jaw-dropping, as if fantastical illustrations have somehow burst unexpectedly to life.”

-Dazed Magazine
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Sketch of Björk x Iris van Herpen collaboration
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Making of Björk x Iris van Herpen collaboration
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Jordan Roth in Iris van Herpen at the Met Gala, 2019
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Jordan Roth in Iris van Herpen at the Met Gala, 2019
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Detail of Jordan Roth x Iris van Herpen
Detail of Jordan Roth x Iris van Herpen

“I gravitate to the performative ideas of camp, both the artifice and exaggeration, but also the metaphor of life as theater. That’s where I live. I’ve always been completely mesmerized by [van Herpen’s] pieces. Each one feels like this extraordinarily thoughtful and exquisitely executed work of art, with so many literal and figurative layers. And that’s the kind of piece I wanted to create.”

- Jordan Roth
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‘Pelléas et Mélisande’
‘Pelléas et Mélisande’
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Dom Pérignon x Iris van Herpen
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Dom Pérignon x Iris van Herpen

"When I create fashion, each time I integrate a unique treatment of materials, or sometimes even create completely new materials. The goal in collaborating with Dom Pérignon was to adopt the same spirit of daring and innovation that guided Dom Pierre Pérignon to make ‘the best wine in the world’ by relying on his intellect, imagination, intuition and exacting standards. My fashion creations often incorporate a structured element, and I wanted to highlight the precise nature of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 by representing it as a wearable sculpted structure."

- Iris van Herpen

"Working with Iris Van Herpen is each time a big challenge for us as she pushes boundaries with ideas for things that have never been done before. Collaboration partners like Iris Van Herpen and Zaha Hadid give us way for our continuation in re-inventing shoes. United Nude was originally founded on this principle with our sculptural sandals just over ten years ago; breaking the rules of conventional ladies shoe-making, not for the sake if breaking them, but simply by not knowing them.”

- Rem D Koolhaas
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EXHIBITIONS + PUBLICATIONS

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion at the Royal Ontario Museum
Installation 'Transforming Fashion'
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Installation 'Transforming Fashion'
Installation 'Transforming Fashion'

“What really interested me was the way [van Herpen] approached materials. Our culture always maintains a dichotomy between machine-made and man-made, and she is merging that.”

- Sue-An van der Zijpp, curator at Groninger Museum, Netherlands
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CELEBRITY

Cara Delevingne
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Cate Blanchett

“She has got the same sort of freedom of the imagination, and attention to detail, and getting it done. She has got this very intellectual mind. There is a singularity to her process. She is monastic, unrelenting.”

-Daphne Guinness
Celine Dion
Gwendoline Christie
Gwendoline Christie
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Rihanna
Joan Smalls
Joan Smalls
Katy Perry
Katy Perry
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Lady Gaga

“I want to add to the evolution of fashion. I hope that I can show that craftmanship and technology are not opposite, they go together. I believe science can inspire fashion.”

- Iris van Herpen

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