'One of the most advanced collaborations in fashion today'

Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen was the talk of the town during the Paris fashion week this summer. She conceptually pushed the envelope furthest with her ‘Capriole’ collection, while sticking to an unsurpassed level of craftsmanship. She also became an official guest member to the ‘Cham- bre Syndicale de la Haute Couture’, one of the greatest honors any fashion designer can possibly aspire to, certainly at age 27. Among its official members are Chanel, Dior, Givenchy and Gaultier.

All new footwear for Iris van Herpen’s show was again created in collaboration with United Nude. The designs were so intensely conceptual, that production was limited to the four catwalk pairs only. The curved heels took shape with computer aided design and were then by way of rapid prototyping printed in 3D and laminated with carbon fiber for strength. The upper material for the shoes, also used in some of Van Herpen’s dresses, was exclusively developed by Bart Hess.

Photographyby: Michel Zoeter

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