Iris van Herpen Exhibit Comes to France

The exhibit showcases van Herpen’s original approach to lace.

Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen’s 2010 Synthesia dress exemplifies the Dutch designer’s new approach to haute couture.

Photo By Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios

CREATIVE LICENCE: After bursting onto the haute couture scene with sculptural dresses incorporating the latest technologies, Iris van Herpen takes center stage in a new exhibition at the International City of Lace and Fashion museum in Calais, France. Featuring some 30 pieces made by the 29-year-old Dutch designer between 2008 and 2012, the exhibit showcases van Herpen’s original approach to a classic fabric: blending traditional know-how with innovative technological techniques, such as 3D printing. The result is a cross between haute couture and contemporary art, with sculptural forms and pronounced volumes and effects. The show runs from June 15 through Dec. 31.