Add it to Your Calendar: Iris van Herpen at the High!

We’re so excited for the upcoming “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” exhibit (November 7, 2015-May 15, 2016) at the High Museum, and thought many of our friends and followers would be as well, so we’ve gathered a bit of information to whet your appetite…

Iris van Herpen
Iris van Herpen

Here’s a bit about van Herpen:

Iris van Herpen stands for a reciprocity between craftsmanship and innovation in technique and materials. She creates a modern view on Haute  Couture that combines fine handwork techniques with digital technology .Van Herpen forces fashion to the extreme contradiction between beauty and regeneration. It is her unique way to reevaluate reality and so to express and underline individuality.



Info on the upcoming exhibit at the High:

In fall 2015, the High Museum of Art will become the first U.S. museum to present a major exhibition of work by visionary Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, a cutting-edge artist inspired by diverse influences in the arts, sciences, music and philosophy. Marking the High’s first presentation of fashion design, Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion will feature one-of-a-kind haute couture – acclaimed for its combination of traditional craftsmanship and futuristic, innovative techniques – and include some of the world’s first examples of 3D-printed fashion. The exhibition is co-organized with the Groninger Museum (Netherlands) and will debut at the High before continuing on a North American tour.

Iris van Herpen Dutch, born 1984 Magnetic Motion, September 2014 In collaboration with Niccolò Casas and 3D Systems 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
Iris van Herpen
Magnetic Motion, September 2014
In collaboration with Niccolò Casas and 3D Systems

Van Herpen has garnered international acclaim for her couture designs, which interweave traditional handwork with groundbreaking 3D-printing technology, computer modeling, and engraving constructed in collaboration with architects, engineers and digital design specialists. Her visually impressive, sculptural designs – often featuring unusual materials such as magnets, umbrella ribs and synthetic boat rigging – create silhouettes that appear both organic and futuristic. Her work has been worn by style icons such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Bjork and has graced the runways of Amsterdam, London and Paris. The exhibition will feature 45 outfits carefully selected from 15 of van Herpen’s collections designed from 2008 through 2015, offering a comprehensive visual survey of her design career.

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As we’ve shared before, our brand namesake, Steve McKenzie, pulls a lot of inspiration from current and past fashion trends, and the uniquely sculptural work of van Herpen is no exception. This upcoming exhibit should provide a feast for the eyes, as well as boatloads of inspiration! And how lucky are we to have this exhibit hit North America for the first time in our own backyard, right down Peachtree Street!!?