Iris van Herpen

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Iris van Herpen
Iris van Herpen during the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012
van Herpen during the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012
Born (1984-06-05) June 5, 1984 (age 38)
Wamel, The Netherlands
OccupationFashion designer
LabelIris van Herpen
WebsiteIris van Herpen Official Website
3-D printed neckpiece by van Herpen, 2011.

Iris van Herpen (born June 5, 1984) is a Dutch fashion designer known for fusing technology with traditional haute couture[1] craftsmanship.[2] Van Herpen opened her own label Iris van Herpen in 2007. In 2011, the Dutch designer became a guest-member of the Parisian Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, part of the Fédération française de la couture.[3] Since then, Van Herpen has continuously exhibited her new collections at Paris Fashion Week.[4] Van Herpen's work has been included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.


Iris van Herpen graduated from the ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem in 2006[5] and interned at Alexander McQueen in London,[6] and Claudy Jongstra[7] in Amsterdam before launching her own label in 2007.[8] The Dutch designer debuted her first Couture collection 'Chemical Crows’, at the 2007 Amsterdam Fashion Week.[9]

Van Herpen was one of the first designers to adopt 3D-printing as a garment construction technique.[7]

Since 2009, pop star Lady Gaga has worn Iris van Herpen's designs on several occasions. In 2012, Lady Gaga wore a custom shiny black Couture dress for the launch of her perfume Fame. The shape of the perfume bottle served as the inspiration of the dress, which Van Herpen constructed from laser-cut strips of black acrylic.[2] Van Herpen has also made use of silicones, iron filings, and resin.[10]

Future in Fashion Design[edit]

Iris van Herpen takes fashion into the future. Combining craftsmanship with digital technology, she creates an entirely new way to experience clothing. Most notably, the Dutch designer was one of the first to present 3-D-printed dresses in both static and flexible forms on the runway, in a collaboration with the Belgian company Materialise. Since then, her evolution has continued. Her Voltage collection explored the interaction between clothing and electricity. She used Scanning Electron Microscope technology for her Micro collection. And she is known not just for using unique materials, but also for creating her own.[7]


Because of van Herpen's multidisciplinary approach to creation, she has collaborated with various artists such as Jolan van der Wiel[11] and Neri Oxman[12] and architects such as Philip Beesley[13] and Benthem and Crouwel Architects.[14] The designer's interest in science and technology has led to ongoing conversations with CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research)[15] and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[16]

Further collaborations;

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ McQueen, Paul (20 September 2016). "The Story of Haute Couture". Culture Trip. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b Rebecca Mead (25 September 2017). "The New Yorker - Iris van Herpen's Hi-Tech Couture". The New Yorker.
  3. ^ Berry, Allison (9 April 2013). "Fashion Forward: Boundary-Pushing Designer Iris van Herpen's Latest Creation". Time.
  4. ^ Verner, Amy (2 July 2018). "Vogue - Fashion Shows Iris Van Herpen". Vogue.
  5. ^ "Johannes Vermeer Awards 2017 goes to Iris Van Herpen". ArtEZ. 5 September 2017.
  6. ^ Mark Holgate (28 April 2016). "Iris Van Herpen Dutch designer interview on 3D printing". Vogue.
  7. ^ a b c Sharpe, Shannon (28 October 2014). "Iris Van Herpen is making fashion future". Metropolis.
  8. ^ "Iris van Herpen | BoF 500 | The People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry". The Business of Fashion.
  9. ^ Borrelli-Persson, Laird (1 January 2008). "Vogue - Fall 2008 Fashion Shows Ready to wear". Vogue.
  10. ^ Mead, Rebecca (18 September 2017). "Iris van Herpen's Hi-Tech Couture". The New Yorker. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Magnetic dresses by Iris van Herpen and Jólan van der Wiel". Dezeen. 30 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Voltage by Iris van Herpen with Neri Oxman and Julia Koerner". Dezeen. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Azure - Transforming Fashion: Philip Beesley and Iris van Herpen's Future Couture". Azure. 13 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Water dress by Iris van Herpen". 20 July 2010.
  15. ^ "Iris Van Herpen Created These CERN-Inspired Outfits Using 3D Printing And Magnets". Vice. 3 October 2014.
  16. ^ Sterling, Bruce (22 January 2013). "Iris van Herpen and Neri Oxman collaborate on 3DPrinted fashion". Wired.
  17. ^ Flood, Kathleen (9 February 2012). "Dressing Björk: Meet Fashion Designer Iris Van Herpen". The Creators Project. Archived from the original on 17 March 2013.
  18. ^ "Roskilde Festival". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  19. ^ Sulcas, Roslyn (25 September 2015). "Paris Opera Shows Off Its Brilliance". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  20. ^ "Sasha Waltz - Kreatur". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  21. ^ "SHOWstudio - Splash!". Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  22. ^ David (9 March 2012). "TIME Magazine names Iris van Herpen's 3D printed dress one of the 50 Best Inventions of the 2011 | i.materialise 3D Printing Service Blog - watch us make the future (feel free to join in)". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  23. ^ "Vogue - Iris van Herpen named winner of the ANDAM 2014 Grand Prize". 4 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  24. ^ "STARTS Prize - Magnetic Motion". Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  25. ^ "Johannes Vermeerprijs 2017". Retrieved 30 October 2017.

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