Iris Van Herpen’s peculiar visions of couture

Iris van Herpen is a young and very creative fashion designer presenting her own peculiar visions of the universe through her innovative, unique work on the fashion stage. Merging high technology, traditional craftsmanship, intricacy of form and unusual fabrication for her presentations, she perceives fashion as a form of self-expression. The latest fashion show, titled “Micro”, is a nod to the complexity and incredibility of microscopic organisms that have a substantial impact into our world. The creatures visible only through special microscopic tools enhanced with the photography of Steve Gschmeissner become a true inspiration for Iris as a base of her spring 2012 Haute Couture collection. The captured beauty of bacilli and vermin, while very uncanny for many, can be a breathtaking source of fashion expression.


The collection was created with the use of artisanship and 3D printing techniques fusing present and future significance with the complexity of the costume design. Because of her perfectionism in achieving a goal and a belief in the power of teamwork, Iris van Herpen invited a group of professionals and artists including an architect, Isaie Bloch, graphic artist Tara Doughans, artist Michael Hansmeyer, hat designer Stephen Jones as well as 3D print company Materialise. The palette of colours used in the collection has mainly a light attribute where white and beige dominance is also enriched with ray-grey, brown, copper, dark metal silver and metallic aubergine. Iris van Herpen also continues a successful collaboration with exceptional shoe brand – United Nude. The shoes presented on the catwalk for Spring / Summer 2012 Haute Couture are the fruitful effect of their 5th cooperation resulting in a FANG model with ten sharp teeth as the bottoms.

Iris introduces a new light into the avant-garde signature, less dark yet very artful and fresh in its point of view. The avant-garde signature that is perfect for Parisian Haute Couture performance. With her rich yet new heritage in fashion, she became a member of the prestigious Chambre Syndical de la Haute Couture.

You can see all of the Iris Van Herpen haute couture spring 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

Photography by Imaxtree