Today I’ve got something just a bit different from the usual fashion history post. It’s New Years Day, a day when we all look to the future, so I thought I’d give a look at some very futuristic design, that of Iris Van Herpen. Van Herpen is Dutch, and she is renowned for her use of unusual materials. Her first collection, Chemical Crows, was in 2007, and the museum has a selection of three designs from each of the shows she has created through 2015.
I’m not going to go into my usual analysis of the clothes, other than to give the name of the collection, and the materials used. Other than that you are on your own.
If you can’t get past the thought that these clothes are unwearable, let me tell you that Van Herpen’s collections also contain clothing made of more conventional materials. More conventional, but still stunning in a way that is rarely seen these days.
Chemical Crows, 2007: wire umbrella ribs, industrial yarn, leather
Refinery Smoke, 2008: metal gauze, leather
Mummification, 2009: leather strips, ball chains, laced metal eyelets
Radiation Invasion, 2009: strips of leather
Synesthesia 2010: metalicized leather strips, metal eyelets
Crystallization, 2010: Plexiglass, leather, metal chain
Escapism, 2011: hand processed plisse fabric
Capriole, 2011: transparent acrylic sheets, tulle, cotton fabric
Hybrid Holism, 2012: 3-D printed polymer
Micro, 2012: 3-D printed polyamide with copper treatment
Voltage, 2013: mirror foil, acrylic sheets, viscose fabric
Wilderness Embodied, 2013: laser-cut fabric
The work is astonishing, to say the least, and I suggest that if this show comes to a museum near you that you make an effort to attend. The show will be traveling to other museums in North America, but I have not been able to find a schedule.
Iris Van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta through May 15, 2016.