Iris Van Herpen is the technological genius of fashion designers, and by taking advantage of 3D printing she has managed to push fashion to its limits. The result? Breath-taking and intricate dresses that are an amalgamation of craftsmanship and innovation. She was inspired by visual hypnosis, through the discovery of Anthony Howe's kinetic sculptures, so a collaboration was an obvious next step. Both Van Herpen's garments and Howe's sculptures move in such a rhythmic and, indeed, hypnotic manner. Van Herpen was able to visualise the 'symbiotic cycles of our biosphere' through silk moiré weaving, multi-layering, a Japanese ink-on-water technique called ‘Suminagashi’, laser- printing, heat-bonding and lasercutting.
Her designs have been spotted on countless celebrities: Katy Perry, Gwendoline Christie, Björk, Cate Blanchett and Céline Dion being the most recent. Van Herpen is the one and only material mage!