"People who work for major designers tell me they don't have the time to develop new techniques. I want to give myself this time to do it, since nobody else will do it."
If this is Haute Couture at its finest then it could only be the work of Iris Van Herpen. A remarkable talent of Dutch origin, has made a name for herself to inspire revolutionary concepts to the professional methods to the art of fashion design. The avant-garde designer's use of 3D rapid laser prototyping techniques, to achieve outlandish and amazing accents adds depth and meaning to the concept of 'High Fashion', and notably, has gained critical acclaim from the international fashion press as 'Couture' at its best.
A graduate from Artez Acadmey in 2006, Van Herpen completed internships with Alexander McQueen, Claudy Jongstra and Viktor & Rolf, before striking out on her own in 2007. And since then, the 28 year-old's fascination to inspire and dream has shown her collections, 'Fragile Futurity', 'Chemical Crows','Refinery Smoke', 'Mummification', Escapism Couture'' at Fashion weeks in her native Amsterdam, London, Berlin and Paris.
However, it was the Fall/Winter 2011-2012 collection, 'Capriole' at Paris Haute Couture week that has really catapulted the young designer in a league of her own as a designer of Haute Couture. Her interpretation of architecture and sculptural allure, that could be described as 'architectural fashion', was a reciprocal of beauty and regeneration of energies, mixing beautiful transparent sheets, organzas, leathers and wire and intricate fringing detailing the process of techniques and materials with dramatic appearances.
The young conceptual designer's reinvention of form, combined with hand-made pieces and new digital technology to produce abstract designs using unusual materials to elaborately construct fashion that resmebles art as beautiful representations of futuristic elegance.
Although her creations are not wearable, massed-produced or functional, they are uniquely crafted pieces that are an expression of van Herpens' definition of how 'art' can be used to describe the 'unique woman and [extend] the shape of the feminine body in detail' and the challenge to creatively fulfill her "philosphy of re-evaluating reality because the notion of reality is just as subjective as the notion of art."