Iris van Herpen

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Member of Society of Arts
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Fashion designer Iris van Herpen (born in 1984) has changed her discipline beyond recognition. In her sculptural, futuristic work, she combines craftsmanship with innovation. She was the first to create clothes in 3D print, but she is also deeply interested in traditional craftwork.

After studying fashion at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, Van Herpen worked for Alexander McQueen and Claudy Jongstra. She launched her own label in 2007 and introduces two collections for women a year. Her approach is highly interdisciplinary and she develops her collections in close collaboration with architects, musicians, photographers and filmmakers, and choreographers. Her collections are based on ‘scientific’ themes. For MICRO (2012), she drew on images captured with an electron microscope and delved into the world of micro-organisms; for Radiation Invasion (2009) her subject was everyday electromagnetic radiation. Iris van Herpen became a member of the prestigious Chambre syndicale de la Haute Couture in 2011. Luminaries such as Björk, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Tilda Swinton wear her designs, and her works have been acquired by various museums.