Iris van Herpen

by pleatfarmer on February 18, 2010

Fashion designer Iris van Herpen is a talent to watch with her avant garde take on fashion, and stints at Victor & Rolf and Alexander Mcqueen under her belt. For her last collection, Iris translates the concept of mummification into intricate techniques of wrapping and twisting cords of gold, bronze, and cream leather to form her garments. The result is a breathtakingly sculptural collection.

Iris’s upcoming collection will debut at the London Fashion Week.


Iris van Herpen finds beauty in the dark Egyptian ritual that is the inspiration for her AW 09 refined collection. Mummification is the idea that life is an illusion and in death, one could create their own reality. Van Herpen translates this concept into an abstract display of ten creations.

Nostalgic aesthetics contrast with the macabre nature of mummification. Intricate lacework imitates ancient wrapping techniques to create dynamic silhouettes. Metal wire and corsetry shapes spherical overcoats, halter dresses and skirts. The gold, bronze, cream and old rose leather garments are embellished with gold foil, split pins, and motor ball chains. Each piece illustrates van Herpen’s calibre for couture.

About the designer: Iris van Herpen arrives in London with an innovative take on avant garde fashion. After graduating from the prestigious ARTEZ Institute of Arts in 2006, van Herpen cultivated her skills under Viktor & Rolf and Alexander McQueen. Having now presented five complete collections at Amsterdam and Tokyo Fashion Weeks; Iris van Herpen is progressing internationally as the young Dutch designer with unassailable creativity and skill.

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