IRIS VAN HERPEN – The Experimental Fashion Designer

Written by Ivett Flores

Arquitecta apasionada del Diseño y la Sustentabilidad, Académica en la Maestría en Proyectos para el Desarrollo Urbano en la UIA CDMX. (+maratonista). Creo en la Ciencia y el Arte como elementos fundamentales del Proceso Creativo.

posted on enero 30, 2020

She is a Dutch fashion designer who has stood out among the best forward-thinking creators.
In any creative process is important not only the final product, but the effort to invent new forms of work and methods, in this case, of sartorial expression. She experiments using 3D printing as a garment construction technique. In each of her designs, there is evidence of innovation and material analysis.

For me, as an architect, her work has been a source of inspiration. Her aesthetic vision and perception about Art and Science really influence my heart and creativity.

Because of van Herpen’s interest in multidisciplinary approach to creation that goes beyond fashion, she has often collaborated with various artists such as Jolan van der Wiel and Neri Oxman and architects such as Philip Beesley and Benthem and Crouwel Architects.
Her concept designs focuses on the freedom of form, shaping a continuous dance between craftmanship and innovation. It is visible a symbiotic relationship between precision and chaos, art and science, the artificial and the organic. A philosophy of duality is ground to all her designs. There is a continuous search for transformation influenced by her classical ballet practice (one day I really want to practice ballet too!) in which she finds a symbiotic relationship between the mind and body, and the transformation and evolution of shape.

She explores biomimicry, specially the forces behind the forms and nature, creating a huge influence on her work.
Through her eyes, fashion creates a dialogue between our insides and our outsides.
Art and fashion, as a way of communication, are linked to our deepest desires, moods, and our most personal expressions.
In future post I will express some ideas about some of her most recent collections.

Iris van Herpen’s Design Process

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