Continuing the collaboration for the seventh season, United Nude and Iris Van Herpen joined forces to create another shoe for her Parisian Haute Couture show. These handcrafted leather ankle booties were made for Van Herpen’s Voltage collection and will be available as a limited edition available at worlds greatest retail boutiques and United Nude stores.
For her fourth collection presented in Paris as a guest member of the Chambre syndicale de la Haute Couture, Iris van Herpen explores the idea of electricity and the light it creates. Experimenting with its use in the field of creation, this collection seeks to portray its tangible movement and power. This ability of light and electricity to change states and bodies is reproduced using the most innovative technologies. Described as an alchemist approach to fashion, Van Herpen’s designs perpetually embrace new collaborations with artists, architects and researchers.
As part of the show there was a performance arranged by new Zealand artist Carlos Van Camp, echoing his notion of controlling high voltage electricity and its interaction with the human body. Van Camp became known for founding “The Lords of Lightning,” an innovative show that depicts two fighters exchanging real lightning with three million volts running through their bodies.
Van Herpen shares Canadian architect Philip Beesley’s fascination with materials and structures. They focus specifically on how the reaction of chemistry and electricity causes structures to respond to their environment and react as living beings.
Iris van Herpen is also know for being todays leading fashion designer in the use of 3d printing. Drawing on the idea of movement, this technical revolution is the result of collaborations with Neri Oxman Keren Oxman of the MIT Media Lab, architect Julia Koerner, and Materialise.
Iris van Herpen
Iris Van Herpen was born in 1984 in Wamel, the Netherlands. Having graduated in 2006 from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Arnhem, she made her name at Alexander McQueen in London before presenting her first collection in 2007 in Amsterdam. In 2011 her avant-garde designs attracted the attention of the Chambre syndicale de la Haute Couture, of which she is now a guest member. That same year, she was chosen by Björk to create the dresses worn on the cover of her album Biophilia, and her 3d printed dress was listed in TIME magazine as one of the fifty most important inventions of the year. In 2012, Iris van Herpen was honored by the Groninger Museum, with an exhibition celebrating her original work, combining meticulous craftsmanship and innovative techniques. In March 2013, Iris Van Herpen will present her first ready-to-wear collection in Paris with artist and muse Canadian musician Grimes.