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IRIS VAN HERPEN – SHIFT SOULS

Fashion | April 11, 2019 |

IRIS VAN HARPEN - SHIFT SOULS Image courtesy of Molly SJ Lowe

IRIS VAN HERPEN – SHIFT SOULS

Iris van Herpen presented her Haute Couture collection, titled “Shift Souls“, on January 21st, 2019 at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The collection was inspired by early examples of celestial cartography and its representations of mythological and astrological chimera, Van Herpen was particularly taken with “Harmonia Macrocosmica“, a star atlas by the German-Dutch cartographer Andreas Cellarius, published in 1600.

IRIS VAN HARPEN - SHIFT SOULS Image courtesy of Molly SJ Lowe

With the advances in DNA engineering and the first successful creations of human/anima hybrids called “Cybrids“, the mythological dreams of Humankind since the dawn of civilization are shifting to the canvas of science. While the scientific and ethical implications of “Cybrids” are still unclear, this collection expresses the fact that this reality is upon us.

IRIS VAN HARPEN - SHIFT SOULSImage courtesy of Molly SJ Lowe

“For Shift Souls I looked at the evolution of the human shape, its idealization through time and the hybridization of the female forms within mythology. Specially the imagination and the fluidity within identity change in Japanese mythology gave me the inspiration to explore the deeper meaning of identity and how immaterial and mutable it can become within the current coalescence of our digital bodies” – Iris van Herpen

IRIS VAN HARPEN - SHIFT SOULSImage courtesy of Molly SJ Lowe

Additional inspiration comes from the artist Kim Keever, the aquatic expressionist based in New York who merges the disciplines of painting and photography. A former NASA engineer, Keever experiments with the idea of ephemerality and movement in large scale photographs of liquid clouds of colors. Van Herpen collaborated with Keever on translucent layered cloud dresses of his signature work.

IRIS VAN HARPEN - SHIFT SOULSImage courtesy of Molly SJ Lowe

The collection consists of eighteen looks with concentration on dissected and voluminous layering, and a warm color palette of ochre, tyrian purple, and indigo pigments. The “Harmonic” silhouettes are voluminous spheroid dresses that unfold vibrant patterns through translucent gradient-dyed organza that is halfwheel plisse-ed by hand. The “Symbiotic” volumes are made from gradient- dyed silks that are multi-layered into sculptural shapes by a fine 3D lasercut frame of PETG to create hybrid bird shapes in dimensional color gradations that hover in symbiosis with the body like mythological creatures. “Shift souls” hide and reveal anamorphic faces that smoke around the body in three dimensional “wave drawings“, multi-layered and gradient-dyed silks are heat-bonded within frames of lasercut mylar, creating surreal spectra anatomies. For the “Galactic glitch” technique, cloud-printed silk is heat-bonded to mylar and lasercut into the finest lace of thousands of 0.5mm “harmonica waves“, creating a dance of quivering echos that optically distort the body. The “Cosmica” looks are made from vaporous colored clouds by Kim Keever that are printed on translucent organza, to be layered into nebulous multi-dimensional prints, whose unfinished contours bur the body.

IRIS VAN HARPEN - SHIFT SOULSImage courtesy of Molly SJ Lowe

Cellchemy face-jewelry are 3D printed through high-resolution multi-material printer in collaboration with the Delft University of Technology. One-off pieces were developed through a generative design process based on a 3D face scan, by combining the color information with the 3D shape in grasshopper algorithm, a semi-arbitrary density structure was mapped from the face.

IRIS VAN HARPEN - SHIFT SOULSImage courtesy of Molly SJ Lowe

 

For the finale of the show, Iris van Herpen collaborated with contemporary artist Nick Verstand, subdividing the space using walls of materialized laser light, revealing a dreamscape of circulating clouds.

more. www.irisvanherpen.com

IRIS VAN HARPEN - SHIFT SOULSImage courtesy of Molly SJ Lowe

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