Capriole Ensemble

Capriole, Ensemble, July 2011. In collaboration with Isaie Bloch and Materialise. 3D printed polyamide Groninger Museum, 2012.0209. Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios.

Voltage Dress

Voltage, Dress, January 2013. In collaboration with Philip Beesley. Laser cut 3D polyester film lace, micro fiber Collection of the designer. Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios.

Refinery Smoke Dress

Refinery Smoke, Dress, July 2008. Untreated woven metal gauze, cow leather, cotton. Groninger Museum, 2012.0196. Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios.

Radiation Invasion Dress

Radiation Invasion, Dress, September 2009. Faux leather, gold foil, cotton, tulle. Groninger Museum, 2012.0201. Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios.

Magnetic Motion Dress

Magnetic Motion, Dress, September 2014. 3D printed transparent Photopolymer, SLA. (stereolithography) resin. High Museum of Art, Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Trust and through prior acquisitions, 2015.82. Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios.

Hybrid Holism

Hybrid Holism, Dress, July 2012. Metallic coated stripes, tulle, cotton. Collection of the designer. Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios.

Hybrid Holism Dress

Hybrid Holism, Dress, July 2012. 3-D printed UV-curable polymer. In collaboration with Julia Koerner and Materialise High Museum of Art, Supported by the Friends of Iris van Herpen, 2015.170. Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios.

Hacking Infinity Shoes

Hacking Infinity, Shoes, 2015. In collaboration with Noritaka Tatehana and 3D Systems. Laser-cut cow leather, 3-D printed photopolymer, and stereolithography resin. Collection of the designer Photograph ©NORITAKA TATEHANA.

Chemical Crows Dress

Chemical Crows, Dress, Collar, January 2008. Ribs of children's umbrellas, cow leather. Groninger Museum, 2012.0192.a-b. Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

October 23, 2016 – January 15, 2017

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Step onto the runway this fall with an in-depth look at the work of Dutch fashion designer, Iris van Herpen. Cutting-edge designs by van Herpen have been worn by style icons such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Bjork and have electrified the runways of Amsterdam, London, and Paris. She has gained international acclaim for her combination of traditional craftsmanship and futuristic, innovative techniques—including some of the world’s first examples of 3-D-printed fashion. Her visually impressive, sculptural designs often feature unusual materials such as umbrella ribs and synthetic boat rigging.

Iris van Herpen produced her first collection in 2007, shortly after graduating from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in the Netherlands. Born in the small town of Wamel, she is now based primarily in Amsterdam. In 2012 she became a member of the exclusive Chambre Syndicale de Haute Couture, where her designs regularly appear in biannual Paris runway shows. Van Herpen divides her time between the contained world of her studio, her global network of collaborators, and the international stage of fashion.

Speaking of her artistic philosophy, van Herpen says, “For me fashion is an expression of art that is very closely related to me and to my body. I see it as my expression of identity combined with desire, moods, and cultural setting. Wearing clothing creates an exciting and imperative form of self-expression. ‘Form follows function’ is not a slogan with which I concur. On the contrary, I find that forms complement and change the body and thus the emotion.”

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion features 45 haute couture outfits carefully selected from 15 of van Herpen’s collections designed from 2008 through 2015: 18 pieces from the designer’s most recent lines and a selection of her shoe designs, and 27 pieces from van Herpen’s solo exhibition at the Groninger Museum, Netherlands.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion is co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands. The exhibition was curated by Sarah Schleuning, High Museum of Art, and Mark Wilson and Sue-an van der Zijpp, Groninger Museum. Support for this exhibition has generously been provided by Creative Industries Fund NL. GRAM is one of only seven North American venues for Transforming Fashion.

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