‘For me fashion is an expression of art that is very closely related both to me and to my body. I see it as an expression of identity combined with desire, moods and a cultural setting’
‘I find that forms complement and change the body and thus the emotion’
Iris Van Herpen
Broken cuts enriched by unnatural materials, cold moods immerged in a perfection of unreal shapes, unfinished cuts and circular labyrinths, this is what the Icelandic artist Bjork choose to wear for the image of the new album Biophilia.
The Dutch lady, 27 Years old, Iris Van Herpen begun her fashion experience at the prominent fashion school ARTEZ in Arnhem, than she went on with an internship at Claudy Jongstra and Alexander McQueen Atelier. These working experiences can be regularly pointed out on her creative work that soon after she developed with the new energy of a young person that lives and reinterpreted this world throughout all her inner vibrations.
Peculiar combines of hand-worked materials with the effects of digital technology nourish her experience as a researcher of fashion.
As we admire in CAPRIOLE, her latest collection for the Fall-Winter 2011-2012 Paris couture show, she perfectly combined some 3D prints, realized by MGX, with textile and leather, the cut of the collection is also the result of the cooperation with the architect Isaie Bloch’s. What comes out is a special affection for some architecture that sometimes softly, sometimes hardly, slides toward morphological shapes. This disappearing of morphological features in favour of architectural cuts underlines how, in this occasion, fashion absorbed the timing of architecture, as we know ‘Fashion is the fastest of the artistic industry; you can create something in one hour and wear it for an hour. Architecture is the slowest…’ –Nicola Formichetti, City Vision issue n_5-.
Cristina La Rocca
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18 February 2012