For her first couture commission for a man, van Herpen created a custom look for legendary theatre producer Jordan Roth to wear to the Met Gala, styled by Vogue’s Michael Philouze.
The multi-layered look initially presented as an optical illusion of a closed theatre curtain. When Roth raised his arms, thousands of laser-cut ‘glitch bubbles’ stretched open to reveal a new layer in between; an enormous silk fabric printed with a full theatre in 360° combining photos of Paris’s Palais Garnier, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Royal Opera in Stockholm taken by photographer David Leventi. Every movement Roth made became an amplified wave of theatre that tricked the eyes.
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