MAKER | Iris van Herpen Turns Water into… a Dress
A celebration of the creatives who remix their craft in thought-provoking new ways.
Though Dutch designer Iris van Herpen has been relatively unknown in the fashion world up until her debut at the Paris Haute Couture shows in 2011, her lines have always experimented with the latest in digital concepts and technologies—everything from electronic rays and synesthesia to microprocessors and the flexible 3D-printed dresses seen in her latest collection Voltage.
Though her designs are alien-esque and definitely conceptual, she’s just launched a more relatable RTW collection (starring Grimes no less), and is in the process of an all-star collaboration with Daphne Guinness and fashion photographer Nick Knight.
The trio, along with a whole cast of collaborators, are creating a new dress during a live broadcast that started on April 3rd and ends today. (Check out the livestream here.) They captured the look and feel of water by Knight dousing Guinness in black and clear water (see the winning photo of the splash taken by Knight above). The completed dress and fashion film will be debuted in June, but until then, ask questions about the process and tune into the livestream.
While technology can often be cold and untouchable, this project is unique because it pieces together many parts, and reveals the steps behind the process, much like BAMIN (Build And Make It Now) bags that easily let you zip together your favorite look. (Request an invite here.)