From June 15th until December 31st 2013, thirty incredible creations by Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen will be on display in Calais, France at the Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la mode de Calais as part of the CRYSALIS project. At just 29 years of age, young Dutch stylist Iris Van Herpen has already made an impression on minds and podiums all around the world. Even Lady Gaga wears her 3D creations with pride. Van Herpen never ceases to impress with futuristic creations akin to sculpture. By exhibiting some thirty pieces made between 2008 and 2012, the International City of Lace and Fashion invites visitors to venture into the avant-garde world of this ultra-talented young fashion designer!
In the wake of Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan and Rei Kawakubo, her sculptural, innovative dresses play a full part in the vitality of a conceptual style that questions the creative process and the interaction between the garment and the person who wears it. After studying at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem (Netherlands) and under Alexander McQueen, Iris van Herpen set up her highly personal creative approach which blends traditional know-how with innovative technological research. Invited to the Parisian cat walks since July 2011 by the prestigious Chambre syndicale de la Haute-Couture, Iris van Herpen creates subtly beautiful, poetic and disorientating clothing. Its sculptural forms, enriched with shimmering and volumes with pronounced effects, places it halfway between Haute-Couture and contemporary art. The exhibition ‘Iris van Herpen’ was organized by the Groninger Museum in Groningen, Netherlands. Its run in Calais is one of the flagship events of the CRYSALIS project, an EU programme dedicated to textile innovation. www.cite-dentelle.fr