IRIS VAN HERPEN
Born in the Netherlands in 1984, ever since her first fashion show in 2007 Iris Van Herpen has risen to international fame as one of the most innovative designers in the fashion world thanks to her unprecedented experimental creations. In her work, she uses traditional materials together with technologies and production techniques uncommon in the sartorial world, such as her pioneering use of 3D printing to breathe life into unique and visionary creations: an approach that she herself defines as ‘New Couture’.
As well as numerous collaborations with artists, architects and scientific research centres (CERN and MIT), and her constant presence in the Paris Haute Couture calendar since 2011, her work has been presented in museum institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), the Cooper Hewitt Museum (New York) and the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), as well as in a major touring retrospective in the United States.
Some of her garments are to be found in the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York, and in the prestigious retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.
Extended Indefinitely – Nine Journey Through Times
Extended Indefinitely. A sculpture-garment, created through a painstaking crafts process applied to Alcantara, seems to place the visitor before the simulacrum of an unknown civilisation, one from the future or some long forgotten era. The garment, a phantasmagorical presence, comes to life, reaching out into all directions in a dark setting, punctuated by thin thread of white Alcantara and a choreography of light beams: white blades cutting through undefined time and space.