Iris van Herpen is a Dutch fashion designer, who started her own label in 2007 after interning with Alexander McQueen. Syntopia is her latest haute couture collection, which uses amazingly pleated garments that resemble birds in flight. For this concept she looked closely at the minutiae of bird flight and the intricate echoing forms within avian motion, since she has always been hypnotized by the transformation within movement. Herpen’s technique proved to be flawless and her final results are simply breathtaking, with the dresses resembling actual works of art.
Transparent silk organza was pleated and liquid-coated for several pieces in the collection.
The chosen technique slowed down the movement of the dresses, immitating accurately the flapping of a bird’s wings.
In collaboration with Studio Drift she created a kinetic installationm which was hanging above everyone’s heads.
The installation is called ‘In 20 Steps’ and was made from twenty delicate glass tubes which peaked and bowed above the runway in succession, moving in synchronicity each model.