Iris Van Herpen Haute Couture S/S 2011

Iris Van Herpen isn’t just a fashion designer, because her clothes aren’t made of just mere fabric. The Dutch designer incorporates elements of art and sculpture in to her work, which is plain to see upon a quick viewing of any of her awe-inspiring out-of-this-world designs. Utilising pieces of technological equipment, metals and plastic, the designer creates something that looks fit for an elegant alien about to descend upon a disco, if it’s possible to wrap your head around such a thought.

For the Iris Van Herpen haute couture Spring/Summer 2011 collection, the designer’s work looks as though it has taken its inspiration from deep sea, or another planet. With metal fish-scale details and gravity-defying dresses that look as though they have been created out of coral reef, it was each inch of intricate material, woven to create such beautiful symmetry or shape that made this collection, as with the rest of Van Herpen’s collections, so magical and whimsical. Milliner Stephen Jones was also involved with this haute couture showing, composing delicate headgear out of old pieces of technological junk such as broken computers and speakers.

Speaking to Dazed Digital, Iris Van Herpen spoke about her collection:
“It’s a mix of everything. It’s important to work round the body, and my work is about fabric, shape and new techniques. I used a lot of fabrics commonly used in architecture –I like to bring new techniques into fashion, because otherwise I cannot breathe nor continue creating.”

The designer reveals how digital technology has changed her designs:
“There is a lot of digital knowledge in the clothes, all pieces are made by machines: first designed on the computer then put through other programmes and then it is made by laser. All pieces are very difficult techniques that I cannot only do by hand. So there is a lot of digital technique involved in the collection combined with handwork.”



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