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  • Iris van Herpen (with Isaïe Bloch), Capriole, Haute Couture 2011 © Iris van Herpen

  • Iris van Herpen, Capriole, July 2011, Photo: BART OOMES, No 6 Studios © Iris van Herpen

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Iris van Herpen exhibition at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta

The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, will become next fall the first ever U.S. museum to dedicate a major exhibition to the work of pioneer Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen —known for her futuristic haute couture pieces that combine traditional techniques and the latest technological innovations. The exhibition, which is titled “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion”, will feature more than 45 outfits selected from 15 of van Herpen’s collections designed between 2008 and 2015, including some of the world’s first examples of 3D printed fashion. The designs will be displayed on custom-made mannequins and accompanied by a selection of videos from the designer’s cutting edge runway shows as well as a series of wall texts explaining the inspiration behind each piece.

Iris van Herpen is a fashion designer that is not afraid of experimentation and this can be shown in her inventive creations that merge art and fashion. Van Herpen employs innovative techniques like computer modeling, engraving and rapid prototyping, using such unusual material choices as processed leather sorts, synthetic boat rigging and the whalebones of children’s umbrellas. She often collaborates with fellow artists, architects, engineers and digital design specialists in order to give birth to her sculptural creations that break boundaries. With famous fans like Björk, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, Iris became in 2011 the youngest designer to join the official calendar of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week and in 2014 she was awarded the prestigious ANDAM Award.

Iris van Herpen’s work is an incredible fusion of artistic expression, craftsmanship and creativity,” said Sarah Schleuning, curator of decorative arts and design at the High Museum of Art. “The marriage of traditional, handcrafted designs and 21st century technology makes her work innovative, dynamic and a signifier of a bold, new future for fashion design,” she continued. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Netherland’s Groninger Musuem, which hosted in 2012 the first large-scale exhibition of van Herpen’s work, and will run from November 7, 2015, to May 15, 2016, at the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30309.