The exhibition “Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses,” set to run from November 29, 2023, to April 28, 2024, at the Musée des Arts décoratifs, celebrates the innovative fashion designer Iris van Herpen. Known for her pioneering use of technology in fashion, van Herpen defies traditional clothing norms while blending Couture craftsmanship with cutting-edge techniques.
The exhibition explores the relationship between the body, clothing, and the environment, delving into the rapidly changing world of fashion. Over a hundred haute-couture pieces by Iris van Herpen are juxtaposed with contemporary art and design works, natural science artifacts, and historical pieces, creating a unique narrative.
Born in 1984, van Herpen’s upbringing in harmony with nature and her background in classical dance shaped her approach to fashion. Her journey includes collaborations with Alexander McQueen, Claudy Jongstra, and a significant entry into the world of Haute Couture in 2010 with her 3D-printed dress. She continually challenges conventions, prioritizing eco-responsible methods.
The retrospective, organized around nine themes, showcases her work’s essence, merging fashion, art, design, and science. From water to mythology and the cosmos, the exhibition immerses visitors in van Herpen’s distinctive universe, provoking a reimagining of our relationship with fashion and the boundaries of imagination. The exhibition also features immersive elements, sound compositions, and a glimpse into van Herpen’s studio, offering a comprehensive experience of her visionary work.