Synesthesia / February 2010
Synesthesia is a rare and particular neurological condition that results in a combination of sensoryperceptions. For instance, some people can taste colours and see sounds. Iris van Herpen interpretsthis phenomenon as a hallucinatory sensation. Using specially treated leather coated on one sidewith shiny metal foil, she has created a striking and bewildering visual effect that makes it difficult for the viewer to recognize exactly what she or he sees.
Moreover, Van Herpen treats the body here as an extremely receptive, sensitive and fragile whole. Starting from a vision of the future in which clothing might supplement or strengthen sensory perception, Van Herpen has designed certain elements such as hypersensitive,vibrating instruments or extra receptors, which enable the wearer to experience the world in an entirely different way.
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