Designer Review : Iris Van Herpen

| November 1, 2013



WILDERNESS EMBODIED – July 2013, Paris Haute Couture week

Why am I introducing you to a Fall/Winter collection when we are sweltering in 30+ degree heat here in Australia? Because Moustache Magazine takes you everywhere and this collection is worth a comment…a very loud Haute Monster comment (when have I ever shied away from an opinion?).

I love this Dutch designer, Iris Van Herpen,  she is as eclectic as I am but you can decide whether you embrace the contrast between gothic, ethereal, and Trevor Cochrane’s gardening tips on root importance (Let’s face it, you either love or hate the coastal Mangrove footwear). I actually LOVE THEM but do wonder what is growing under them, Oysters?


Through her collaboration with artist Jolan van der Wiel, Van Herpen has created dresses whose forms are generated by the phenomenon of attraction and repulsion.


Rather than excessively covering or layering the body, Van Herpen’s structures seem to cut close to it; an artistic armor of protection.

Van Herpen is inspired by David Altmejd who deconstructs the human form, as sculptures generally have to do, but she transforms his vision into bird feathers, fish scales, and beeswax.  David Attenborough would be pleased.

Van Herpen’s surgery on these dresses is wild; body piercing meets aliens meets Galadriel of the forest!

Designer’s creative process: Particles of metal, plastic or rubber are fused together at a high temperature. This is controlled by a computer, so you can make things in three dimensions fairly easily.

Her main aim:  To break down the barriers between garment and art piece and I for one love it – no boundaries.

Final comment

Iris Van Herpen is the real deal. No recessive genes here but don’t be fooled, some designers who use nature as their inspiration should be extinct, but Iris is definitely not one of them.

Iris Van Herpen Couture Fall/Winter 2013-14 Show | Paris Couture Fashion Week | FashionTV



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