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Iris Van Herpen
22 November 2014 -  07 March 2015
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Iris van Herpen is one of the most striking young fashion designers of this moment. This exhibition displays a selection from her collections ranging from 2007.

Iris van Herpen is renowned for her remarkable outfits in which she combines traditional craftsmanship and zealous handwork with innovative techniques such as 3D printing. Her choice of material is also extraordinary: specially processed leather sorts, synthetic boat rigging and the whalebones of children's umbrellas. With these she creates visually astonishing sculptures, often with an unusual silhouette, which appear both organic and futuristic and tend to slightly confuse the viewer.

Van Herpen regards fashion as a form of self-expression, and in this context, wearability is not her point of departure. The representation of her imagination and deliberations are key to the designer. She allows herself to be guided by intuition and the creative process.

Each collection has its own narrative. For instance, Radiation Invasion is about the invisible radiation and signals all around us that make telecommunication possible. The Synesthesia collection has a neurological phenomenon as its starting point, where a mingling of sensory perceptions occurs. There are people who can ‘see' music, for example, or can ‘taste' colors. For the Micro collection, Van Herpen drew inspiration from the world of micro-organisms.


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