In a time when couture seems trivial and the rituals of the red carpet are reduced to a frightening COVID-19 promenade and fashion has become OOTD on Instagram and above waist dressing for Zoom. The trappings of “Pause” clash with our soul and our creative expression in ways that seem impossible to dress-up and see beyond. Will the global pandemic stifle the intellectual collaborative efforts of today’s most visionary artists?
Designer Iris van Herpen’s stunning odyssey into the intricate, mind-blowing, and complex construction of flora and fauna has created revelations that reverberate throughout the art world. In any medium, an attempt to capture the motion of the gentle ebb tide, the pulsating movement of dendrites and deep-sea hydrozoa, the memorizing dance of kelp and seaweed before coming ashore is an epic undertaking.
This vanguard designer has used technology to rendered undulating, crystalline, diaphanous three-dimensional couture that mimics the patterns of nature, the exoskeleton of organisms, and movement that embodying the connection of all life. Iris van Herpen’s avant-garde leaning is multi-disciplined.
Each collection is a deep dive into science, technology, art, nature, and the “collisions between humans and nature.” For this fine-art designer and former dancer, there is no replacement for seeing her couture on a human body engaged in movement and the resulting kinetic relationships. As an innovator and fascinating collaborator, designer Iris van Herpen is directing her intellect to sustainability in the fashion world and it is enviable that she will bring innovation to an industry full of overproduction and excess and find captivating ways to connect art and fashion. Iris van Herpen.