Iris van Herpen is a Dutch fashion designer and couturier renowned for her futuristic, fantastical styles. Van Herpen’s designs are quite unique and works of art in themselves. Her early adoption of 3D printing technologies placed her in the vanguard of the technology’s introduction into fashion.
The designer writes on her website, “for me fashion is an expression of art that is very close related to me and to my body. I see it as my expression of identity combined with desire, moods and cultural setting. In all my work I try to make clear that fashion is an artistic expression, showing and wearing art, and not just a functional and devoid of content or commercial tool.”
Herpen has no specific designs in mind when she sets out to make a garment. Rather, the designer says her process if much more like a labyrinth whereby she hits a series of dead ends, never quite knowing where she will end up. This, she says, is what creation and working with your hands is all about.
The 30-year-old’s designs are prized by eccentric celebrities such as Björk, Tilda Swinton, Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness.