Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen is a Dutch fashion designer who is widely recognized as one of fashion’s most talented and forward-thinking creators who continuously pushes the boundaries of fashion design. Since her first show in 2007 van Herpen has been preoccupied with inventing new forms and methods of sartorial expression by combining the most traditional and the most radical materials and garment construction methods into her unique aesthetic vision. She calls this design ethos “New Couture.”

Van Herpen is often hailed as a pioneer in utilizing 3D printing as a garment construction technique, and as an innovator who is comfortable with using technology as one of the guiding principles in her work because of its sculptural nature and unfamiliar form. The designer’s intent is to blend the past and the future into a distinct version of the present by fusing technology and traditional Couture craftsmanship.

Her singular vision combined with the complexity of her creations has made van Herpen a fixture on the Paris Haute Couture calendar, where she has shown since January 2011.

Van Herpen’s work has been featured in various museum exhibitions, including a major retrospective that is touring the United States since 2015, beginning with a six-month long run at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Six of her dresses were acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and seven of her works were exhibited in its highly successful 2016 “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” show. In addition to the above, van Herpen’s creations have been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Cooper Hewitt museum in New York, and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, among others.

Three solo books have been published on the designer’s work. “Iris van Herpen” by the Groninger Museum to accompany her first solo exhibit, “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” by the High Museum of Art to accompany the United States museum tour, and most recently “Iris van Herpen Backstage” shot by Morgan O’ Donovan.
Van Herpen has received numerous awards since 2009. These include the ANDAM Grand Prix prize (2014) and the Grand Prize of the European commission – STARTS (2016).

Because of van Herpen’s interest in multidisciplinary approach to creation that goes beyond fashion, she has often collaborated with various artists such as Jolan van der Wiel and Bart Hess and architects such as Philip Beesley and Benthem and Crouwel Architects. The designer’s interest in science and technology has led to ongoing conversations with CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Conversely, van Herpen’s distinct aesthetic viewpoint has inspired collaborations with progressive musicians and actresses such as Björk, for whose video's and tours van Herpen has created several dresses, Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie and Grimes. Her special projects included dressing the actress Scarlett Johannson in the film “Lucy,” dressing Beyoncé in her “Mine” video and creating costumes for the Paris Opera and the New York City Ballet. A former ballet dancer and its avid follower, van Herpen has collaborated with the choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Her upcoming projects include costumes for the Sasha Waltz dance company in Berlin.

Today, van Herpen continues to work within her Amsterdam studio, where new ideas are born, and where Haute Couture orders are meticulously crafted for her global clientele, each creation passing through the designer’s own hands.


2017 Grand Seigneur Award

2016 Art+Technology Award - Witteveen+Bos 

2016 Grand prize of the European Commission- STARTS 

2016 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Mode Stipendium

2015 Marie-Claire Prix de la mode, best dutch conceptual designer

2014 ANDAM Awards Grand Prix

2013 Golden Eye Award

2013 Dutch Design Awards, category fashion

2013 Marie Claire prix de la mode , best Dutch Designer

TIME Magazine names Iris van Herpen's 3D printed dresses one of the
50 Best Inventions of 2011.

2010 Mercedes-Benz Dutch Fashion Awards

2010 Dutch Fashion Incubator Awards

2010 Dutch Accessory Awards

2010 Dutch Design Awards, RADO

2009 Dutch Design Awards, best product of fashion and accessory

2009 Dutch Media Awards


SEIJAKU- July 2016, Paris Haute Couture Week
For “Seijaku”, the Couture collection presented in Paris on July 4th, 2016 Iris van Herpen explores the study of cymatics, which visualizes sound waves as evolving geometric patterns. In cymatics, the higher the frequency of the sound wave, the more complex the visible patterns.
To provide a seamless experience between the show and its concept, Van Herpen collaborated with the Japanese musician Kazuya Nagaya to create a Zen bowl sound installation. “Seijaku" is the Japanese word and concept for finding serenity amidst life’s chaos. The artist performs live during the show in the L’Oratoire du Louvre which was specifically chosen for its exceptional acoustics that fuse the meditative sound waves of the Zen bowls. Within this immersive environment the models and the audience engage in a collective experience which breaks down the barrier between them.
The collection reflects circular shapes and geometric patterns that are common in Cymatics, which serve as the base for this collection’s biomorphic volumes.  
Van Herpen continues exploring her ethos of “modern couture” by
coating thousands of hand-blown glass bubbles in transparent silicone, creating a bioluminescent prism around the body.
Inspired by the work of the Japanese artist Kohei Nawa, van Herpen also uses a similar technique to silicone-coat tens of thousands of Swarovski water drop crystals, creating a dress with the look of a wet skin covered in dew drops.
Other fabric techniques developed exclusively for the collection include stitching pearl-coated rubber fabric onto black tulle to create fossil and floral layering. A halter dress is laser cut and stretched over black wire to scroll around the body like waves of sound in a shell.
Ethereal dresses float on a 3D moiré technique in which hand- plisséed and line-printed organza is handstitched on transparent tulle.
The lightest Japanese organza is woven from threads five times thinner than human hair and made with the traditional Shibori technique, creating unique Cymatic patterns.

LUCID - March 2016, Paris Fashion Week
The unreality of seeing.
For her LUCID collection, presented in Paris on March 8th, 2016, the Dutch designer Iris van Herpen explores the concept of lucid dreaming. Within a lucid dream, the dreamer is conscious of the dream
state and therefore is able to exert a degree of control on what is happening.
“When I design, the draping process most of the time happens to me unconsciously. I see lucid dreams as a microscope with which I can look into my unconsciousness. In this collection, I have tried to bring my state of ‘reality’ and my state of dreaming, together,” notes the designer.
Both the models and the audience are mirrored as one in the show space, creating a close-up and intimate experience that is amplified by seventeen large optical light screens (OLF). Depending on the viewing angle, movement and proximity to the sheets, the perception of the audience that view the models is continuously shifted and deluded to reflect the fine line between reality and unreality. The visual alienation of the OLF was influential to van Herpen her design process.
There are 2 main design techniques presented in the collection: the lucid looks and the phantom dresses. The lucid looks result from the designer’s continuous collaboration with the artist and architect Philip Beesley. These looks are made from transparent hexagonal laser-cut elements that are connected with translucent flexible tubes, creating a glistering bubble-like exoskeleton around the wearer’s body. The phantom looks are made with a super light tulle to which iridescent stripes are fused, shimmering the silhouette illusory.
Continuing van Herpen’s vigor of fusing technology with handcraft, the collection features two 3D printed Magma dresses that are combining flexible TPU printing, creating a fine web together with polyamide printing. One of the dresses is stitched from 5,000 3D printed elements.
This season van Herpen opted for organic, circular, and voluminous silhouettes in light, iridescent colors of nude, green, and gray.
The Aero shoes in collaboration with Finsk, are made from wood, laser-cut leather and an ultra-thin transparent acrylic heel that separate the sole and the upper, creating a hovering look.

QUAQUAVERSAL - October 2016, Paris Fashion Week
For Spring/Summer 2016 Iris Van Herpen explores the powerful confluence of Nature and architecture.  Inspired by the living tree bridges in India, the designer executes  a new approach to garment construction, mixing the techniques of cutting, weaving, folding, and growing into a process that transcends the boundaries of traditional clothes-making.
“The beautiful potential of plants and other organisms to form living architecture inspired me to make a collection that is tangled like a maze around the body. Inspiration came from the way plants and their roots grow, and how roots have been used to grow living bridges in the forests of India. This tradition of growing bridges inspired me to re-envision my process of making a garment.”
Central to the show Gwendoline Christie lies in a deep-time dream, wearing a circular dress which is being woven upon her. The live process blends different techniques - lazer cutting, hand weaving and 3-D printing into one dress, which spreads from the centre, quaquaversal in its geometries.
Three ‘Beings’ move over the sleeping figure , their geological mineral landscape magnetically grown by the artist Jolan van der Wiel , weaving  the dress in real time,  interlacing an architectural mesh  which rays out around her.
Van Herpen’s work reveals the secret structures of our existence giving us a multidimensional experience of what it is to be alive, it is an investigation into the past, present and future in all its primal and mythological forms. ”
Gwendoline Christie
In order to underscore the growth process inherent in living architecture and the installation, variations of lace were used as the key materials in the collection - a fine organic lace from Calais, a nude, graphic maze-like lace, iridescent changeant silver lace, leather lace embedded with Swarovski ceramic stones, and glass-like transparent lace with square gems. The collection is executed in minimal colors – white, nude, grey, silver  and black tones.To complement the collection, the “airborne” shoes were developed in collaboration with Finsk. Their ultra-thin platform creates an illusion of the wearer being suspended above ground. 

HACKING INFINITY- March 2015, Paris Fashion Week
For her Hacking Infinity collection, presented in Paris on March 10th, 2015 at the Palais de Tokyo, Iris van Herpen explores ideas of terraforming –modifying the biosphere of another planet to resemble that of Earth. The collection explores the possibility of new geographies and our place within them. The desire to reconfigure space finds expression in light performative materials, which interact with the movement of the body, biomimetic structures and saturated spectral colors. The central geometry is the circle, in both silhouette and cut.  The spherical shape of planetary bodies and the symbol of a boundless ‘hackable’ infinity unfolds before us in a constant flow of mandala-like forms. Hand plisseed geometries both follow and frame the body while optical lighting film belts propose a polymorphic silhouette and challenge our perception of the figure in space.This season Van Herpen has developed an extremely light, translucent stainless steel weave, hand burnished to imprint a  sheen of nebula-like colors, whose infinite variations make each garment unique.  Three-dimensionality is imperative to Van Herpen, and she continues her research with the creation of a 3D hand woven textile with designer Aleksandra Gaca. One weave like a mineral geology encases the body while the other cushions it with a light linear grid, threaded and fringed with a raw edge.Van Herpen pursues her collaboration with the Canadian professor of architecture Philip Beesley on the creation of digitally fabricated dresses made from a black garden of fractal like geometries.The shoes for the collection were made in collaboration with the Japanese shoe designer Noritaka Tatehana. They are crafted from 3D printed translucent crystal clusters and laser-cut leather.

MAGNETIC MOTION - September 2014, Paris Fashion Week
For her SS 15 ready-to-wear collection, presented in Paris on Sep 30th, 2014, Iris van Herpen explores the interplay of magnetic forces. By thoroughly examining the representation of dynamic forces of attraction and repulsion, the designer fuses nature and technology. Van Herpen visited CERN the Large Hadron Collider, whose magnetic field exceeding that of earth’s by 20,000 times, provided inspiration for ‘Magnetic Motion’. “I find beauty in the continual shaping of chaos which clearly embodies the primordial power of nature’s performance,” says Van Herpen describing the essence of the collection. Van Herpen stayed true to her spirit of bridging fashion and other disciplines by collaborating with the Canadian architect Philip Beesley, and the Dutch artist Jolan van der Wiel. Beesley is a pioneer in responsive ‘living’ sculpture whose poetic works combine advanced computation, synthetic biology, and mechatronics engineering. Van der Wiel is an artist and craftsman whose work with magnetic tension has resulted in dynamic sculptures and installations that bring to mind the power of volcanic eruptions. Both artists strive to erase the boundaries between nature and technology in their work, which coincides with the direction of van Herpen’s creative aim.
The designer worked with techniques like injection moulding and laser cutting on maze like structures and intricate architectural handwork on dresses, jackets, trousers, skirts and blouses giving them dynamic shapes and surfaces that echo the body’s movement. The three dimensional nature and the layering of the garments give them volume. Emphasising light and shadow play, the minimalist color palette of black, white, midnight blue, and nude allows the designer to concentrate on the garments’ structure. Micro webs of lace veil and reveal the luminescent glow of crystal forms, while triacetate feathers punctuate the soft drapes and volumes. A 3D printed transparent, crystal dress was created in collaboration with Niccolo Casas. The controlled structure of the clothes is offset by the chaotic structure of the accessories, shoes, belts, necklaces and clutches, which are ‘grown’ using magnetic fields to create a range where no two items are alike.

BIOPIRACY - March 2014, Paris Fashion Week
In a society, where boundaries between private and public are porous, enquiries surrounding the ownership of one's own body have grown. In the recent past, patents on our genes have been purchased. Are we still the sole proprietor of our bodies?
From this question arises a sense of arrested freedom in one's most intimate, solitary
state. A mix of ready-to-wear and couture pieces is presented with artist Lawrence Malstaf
- who specializes in the interaction between biology and physicality. Models float in the air, embryonic, seemingly weightless and in a meditative suspended animation.
Metamorphosis is suggested through intricate enmeshing of materials. Imprisoned fire opal beads gleam through lacerated weaves, artificial fibers compose voluminous, architectural structures, the organic ripple of light on water. A 3D printing collaboration with Julia Koerner fuses the artisanal with the technical to create a kinetic dress which dances as it amplifies bodily movement. Molded boots in
collaboration with United Nude accelerate and reconfigure the silhouette.

EMBOSSED SOUNDS - October 2013, Paris Fashion Week
Fascinated by the relationship and potential porosity between the senses, Iris Van Herpen has developed clothes that generate sounds by touch.‘Embossed Sounds’ is the name of her orchestra of clothes which explore garments as electronic instruments that one can touch and play.
By touching the clothes, music is sculpted live by the models for their audience in an intimate performance. What lies beneath the surface? Touch sensitive and sensual audio waves threading and weaving over the body creating an intricate sonic web. 
The collection plays on a visual duality, ambiguity, combining the ethereal feminine softness of plissé with the flick knife and swagger of the underground rebel biker  : embossed leather silhouettes embellished with laser cut lacquer leather laces, braiding techniques, and black mirrored handcrafted patterns.
The garments  are made of handcrafted 3D silicone pressed structures in leather and high gloss 'liquid' fabrics, woven from silk and nylon threads. In a black, silver, grey and blue shadow palette, Iris Van Herpen utilises materials ranging from Light georgette silk with woven tranclucent acetate fibers to Matte microfiber with high gloss black embroidered thin Plexiglass and Shiny fluid translucent Japanese polyester. 3D pressed silicone is also used to create handcrafted embossed combat shoes.

WILDERNESS EMBODIED - July 2013, Paris Haute Couture week
Nature is wild. Generated by powerful forces. Its proliferates by creating startling beauty.
Trough her collaboration with artist Jolan van der Wiel, who has spent several years ponderingthe possibilities of magnetism, they have created dresses whose very forms are generated by the phenomenon of attraction and repulsion. Iris van Herpen draws equally upon the life force that pulses through the sculptures of DavidAltmejd. His wild organic forms derived from the regenerative processes of nature have inspired Wilderness Embodied. The human spiritis forged of this same vital energy, coursing and erupting through the limits of the body in suchresplendent displays of extreme tradition or technology as piercings, scarification or surgery.This wild(er)ness of the human body, as unchecked as it is intimate, is one that the designer hassought to reveal the collection.With architect Isaie Bloch and Materialise she continues to develop 3D-printed dresses, which she was the first to present in both static and flexible forms. Her partnership with United Nude's Rem D. Koolhaas and Stratasys has led to shoes like tangled webs of tree-roots around the foot.

VOLTAGE – January 2013, Paris Haute Couture Week
For her fourth collection presented in Paris as a guest member of the Chambre syndicale de la Haute Couture, Iris van Herpen explores the electricity of the body. Experimenting with its use in the field of creation, this collection seeks to portray its tangible movement and power. This ability of light and electricity to change states and bodies is reproduced using the most innovative technologies. Described as an alchemist approach to fashion, Van Herpen’s designs perpetually embrace new collaborations with artists, architects and researchers.
As part of the show she collaborated with new Zealand artist Carlos Van Camp, echoing his notion of controlling high voltage electricity and its interaction with the human body. Van Camp experiments with three million volts running through bodies.Van Herpen shares Canadian architect Philip Beesley’s fascination with materials and structures. They focus specifically on how the reaction of chemistry and electricity causes structures to respond to their environment and react as living beings.
Iris van Herpen is also know for being todays leading fashion designer in the use of 3d printing. Drawing on the idea of movement, the flexible 3D printed dresses are a revolution, a result of collaborations with Neri Oxman of the MIT Media Lab as well as Keren Oxman and Prof. Craig Carter of MIT with Stratasys, and architect Julia Koerner with Materialise.

HYBRID HOLISM – July 2012, Paris Haute Couture Week
The project Hylozoic Ground by the Canadian architect and artist Philip Beesley provided the inspiration for this collection. Hylozoic refers to Hylozoism, the ancient belief that all matter is in some sense alive. Beesley created a responsive architectural system that uses hylozoism in a quite specific way, that is, “we are working with subtle materials, electricity and chemistry, weaving together interactions that at first create an architecture that simulates life but increasingly these interactions are starting to act like life, like some of the ingredients of life”. His environment breathes, shifts and moves in relationship to people walking through it, touching it, and sensing it. Microprocessors invest that environment with a primitive or insect-like intelligence like a coral reef or a great swarm.Iris van Herpen is intrigued by these kinds of possibilities for a future of fashion that might take on quite unimaginable shapes. Fashion that might be partly alive and growing, and, therefore, existing partly independent from us, which in turn allows for a new treatment by humans: instead of discarding the fashion after use, we cherish, value, and maintain it in its abilities to change constantly. Van Herpen’s translated this future vision in a collection that is highly complex and incredibly diverse in terms of shape, structure, and material. For one design, the ‘cathedral dress’ Van Herpen introduced a technique referred to as mammoth stereolithography which refers to a 3D printing method. This 3D printed process is built slice by slice from bottom to top, in a vessel of polymer that hardens when struck by a laser beam.

MICRO – January 2012, Paris Haute Couture Week
Inspired by the pictures that science photographer Steve Gschmeissner took using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) technology, Micro zooms in on the world of microorganisms that is completely hidden from our sight. The pictures show specimens that are dead, dried, and chemically fixated to preserve and stabilize their structures. Van Herpen remains interested in the living organism. Her designs allude to armature, tentacles, cell structures, and plasma. Some seem moist others glow and move while being worn, coming to live on the body.

CAPRIOLE – July 2011, Paris Haute Couture Week
Iris van Herpen made her debut in Paris as member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture with this collection. Besides being a compilation of highlights from previous collections, this new collection also presented five striking outfits that evoke the feeling just before and during a free-fall parachute jump. A ‘leap in the air’ (the meaning of the French word Capriole) that Van Herpen once in a while takes to reset her body and mind. The five outfits are a reflection of the extreme feelings experienced during that jump. For instance, the dress consisting of serpentine forms made of black acrylic sheets, nicknamed the ‘snake dress’, evokes the mental state at the moment before the jump when, as Van Herpen explains, “all my energy is in my head and I feel as though my mind is snaking through thousands of bends”.
ESCAPISM – January 2011, Paris Haute Couture Week
Escaping from everyday reality through addictive digital entertainment incites in Iris van Herpen not only feelings of emptiness but also associations with the grotesque, the extreme and the fantastic. This collection aims to capture both the exaltation of these addictions, like the disproportionate attention for celebrities (the ‘new heroes’) and its dark flipside, the never fulfilled hunger that is inherent to it. Another important source of inspiration were the exuberant baroque sculptures of the American artist Kris Kuksi. Dramatic bulging spherical shapes alternate with lace- and skeleton-like 3D-prints, and silver-grey fabrics that seem to reflect their own surface.

CRYSTALLIZATION – July 2010, Amsterdam Fashion Week
At the instigation of ARCAM (Architecture Centre Amsterdam) a collaboration was organized between Iris van Herpen and Benthem Crouwel Architects. Benthem Crouwel’s design for a new extension to Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum had earned the nickname ‘bath tub’. This inspired Van Herpen to design a dress that would fall around the wearer like a splash of water, like being immersed in a warm bath, and to express in the collection the different states, structures and patterns of water. Noteworthy is that in this collection Van Herpen presents her first 3D-print that she created in collaboration with the London-based architect Daniel Widrig and that was printed by .MGX by Materialise.

SYNESTHESIA – February 2010, London Fashion Week
Synaesthesia is a neurological condition that results in a combination of sensory perceptions. To underscore the hypersensitivity of the body, and to visualize this entanglement of sensory perceptions Van Herpen secured shiny metal foil on specially treated leather that generated a confusing visual effect without a steady fixation point.

RADIATION INVASION – September 2009, London Fashion Week
Radiation Invasion translates Iris van Herpen’s question of what we could do with our daily (over)dose of electromagnetic waves and digital information streams if we could see them. In these designs the wearer seems to be surrounded by a whimsical complex of wavy rays, flickering patterns, vibrating particles, and reflecting pleats.

MUMMIFICATION – January 2009, Amsterdam Fashion Week
Van Herpen became captivated with the macabre beauty of ancient Egyptian mummification and the intense devotion that surrounds the process. With techniques to swaddle, wrap and cover the body along with the typical geometric and graphic patterns of Egyptian mummies, she elaborates on the practice of the ancient Egyptians to create a new reality for their dead.

REFINERY SMOKE – July 2008, Amsterdam Fashion Week
The ambiguous character of refinery smoke, both beautiful and poisonous, inspired this collection. Van Herpen translated the elusiveness of industrial smoke into specially woven metal gauze. She turned metal threads into an extremely soft and pliable material. The metal kept its characteristic of oxidation and Van Herpen considers this inherent chemical process as (visually) reflecting the dual aspect of industrial smoke.

CHEMICAL CROWS – January 2008, Amsterdam Fashion Week
A group of crows living around Van Herpen’s studio triggered her association with black magic and alchemy. Crows are known for their intelligence, predilection for glittering objects, and are traditionally associated with secrecy and symbolism. Van Herpen shares with alchemists a passion for controlling and transmuting materials. As alchemists tried to turn base metals into gold, so Van Herpen has transformed in several designs gold-coloured ribs of 700 children’s umbrellas into shapes reminiscent of the movement of wings and feathers.

FRAGILE FUTURITY - July 2007, Amsterdam Fashion Week
Starting point for this collections was the fusion of animal instinct and human rationality. The resulting 'creatures/creations' of this combination reflected Van Herpen's view on the future: fragile, vulnerable and evolved. She experimented with forms and shapes of wings, horns, and snake prints.


2016 Metropolitan Museum New York ,  'MASTERWORKS: UNPACKING FASHION'
2016 Solo exhibition Grand Rapids Art Museum. 'Iris van Herpen  Transforming Fashion', overview of all collections
2016 Metropolitan Museum New York , 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology'
2016 Barbican Centre Lonon , Barbican Centre London, 'Fashion Redefined'
2016 The Museum of fine Arts, Boston
2016 Maison Mais Non gallery London, honoring Zaha Hadid ‘The Extraordinary Process' 
2016 MOMU Museum Antwerp, The 'Game Changers – Reinventing the 20th Century Silhouette'  
2016 Cooper Hewitt Museum , New York,  'Beauty- Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial' 
2015-2016 Solo exhibition High Museum of Art, Atlanta.  'Iris van Herpen - Transforming Fashion', overview of all collections
2015 MOMU Fashion Museum, Antwerp, FOOTPRINT. The tracks of shoes in fashion
2015 Palais de Tokyo Museum, Paris,  Le bord des Mondes exhibition
2015 Victoria & Albert Museum London , What Is Luxury?
2015Musee de l'Histoire de l'Immigration, Fashion Mix : le parcours de l'exposition
2015 LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Love and Loss: Fashion and Mortality exhibition
2014 FIT Museum NYC, Dance & Fashion
2014 Clash- Resistance in Fashion, Heart Herning Museum of Contemporary art, Herning Denmark
2014 Bass Museum of Art, Vanitas: Fashion and Art, Miami Beach, US
2014 A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, The World Chess Hall of Fame, Missouri U.S.
2014 The Future of Fashion is Now, Boijmans Museum , Rotterdam
2014 MAD Museum NY, Out of Hand .Materializing the Postdigital
2014 Solo exhibition, overview of all collections, Boras, Sweden in collaboration with Groninger Museum.
2014 Mode, de musical, Centraal Museum, Utrecht
2013 Solo exhibition, overview of all collections, Calais. Museum Cite-Dentelle in collaboration with                    Groninger Museum.
2013 ArchiLab | Naturalizing Architecture at new FRAC Centre, France
2013 Exhibition SHOWcabinet / SHOWstudio.com, London 
2013 MºBA Fetishism in Fashion. Mode Biënnale Arnhem
2013 HAND MADE. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
2012 Iris van Herpen. Solo exhibition, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
2012 MICRO Impact. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2012 Excellent Craft. Palace House of Orange. Berlin, Germany
2012 Iris van Herpen. SIEN, exhibition and an exclusive selection of Iris van Herpen. Opening October 13, 2012. Antwerp, Belgium
2011 Self Structure. Lieu du Design, Paris, France
2011 London Design Festival. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
2011 The New Craftsmanship. Iris van Herpen and her inspiration. Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2011 Basic Instinct. Berlin, Germany
2011 Mode Biennale Arnhem. Arnhem, The Netherlands
2011 Material World. Art, design and fashion. Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
2011 Washed up (curated by Judith Clark). Selfridges department store, London, UK
2011 Little Black Dress. The Civic gallery, Barnsley, UK
2011 Transformation. Swarovski exhibition at flagship store in Vienna, Austria
2011 Fashion&Chocolate. Harbour City Exhibition, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China
2010 BLACK. Masters of Black in Fashion & Costume. MOMU, Antwerp, Belgium
2010 Fashion & Architecture. ARCAM, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2010 In your Face. Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2010 Dutch Design Awards exhibition. Eindhoven, the Netherlands
2010 Best of Dutch Design. Red Dot Museum, Essen, Germany
2010 Dutch Cultural Pop-up Space. London Fashion Week, London, UK
2010 10xxx. Gallery Helpuzelven, Winterswijk, the Netherlands
2010 Haute Couture Voici Paris. Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, the Netherlands
2009 Harrods launches. In-store exhibition and sales, London, UK
2009 Shape. Mode Biennale Arnhem, The Netherlands
2009 Dutch Design Awards. Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2009 Design Overtime. Eureka Night, Design Museum, London UK
2009 Shanghai Creative Industries Week, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
2009 Rollan Didier meets Iris van Herpen. Gallery FashionMania, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2008 Bridges to Fashion. Historical Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2008 Galeries Lafayette. Paris, France
2008 V!P Gallery. Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2008 Mememachine Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2007 SPRMRKT. Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Press: Nicolas Delarue | Karla Otto Paris
Styling: Patti Wilson
Casting: Maida Boina
Make-up: M.A.C. Pro Team
Hair: Martin Cullen
Music: Salvador Breed
including track 'The Statue' by Machinedrum
Collaborating artist: Philip Beesley
Creative consultant: Jerry Stafford
Collaborating installation artist: Esther Stocker
Shoes in collaboration with Carolin Holzhuber
Press release: Eugene Rabkin & Jerry Stafford
Show direction: Kim Vos & Michelle den Hollander | Bdifferent
Show production: SixUp Paris | N6
Light design: Stefan Prokop & Pol van Veen | Jurlights
Video registration: Fabrice Daville | Premices Films
Backstage video: Ryan McDaniels
Frontstage photography: Team Peter Stigter
Backstage photography: Morgan O'Donovan & Molly SJ Lowe
Special Thanks to:
Fédération Française de la Couture
Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones
Illustration booklet | Alla Polozenko
Davy Hezemans | Spice PR
Debby van Geffen

Press: Nicolas Delarue | Karla Otto Paris
Styling: Patti Wilson
Casting: Maida Boina
Collaborating sound artists: Kazuya Nagaya & Salvador Breed
Creative consultant: Jeffy Stafford
Make-up: Isamaya Ffrench | MAC Cosmetics
Hair: Martin Cullen | Bumble & Bumble
Choreography: Nanine Linning
Shoes in collaboration with Julia Lundsten | FINSK
Press release: Eugene Rabkin & Jerry Stafford
Show production: SixUp Paris | N6
Show direction: Kim Vos | Bdifferent
Light design: Pol van Veen & Stefan Prokop | Jurlights
Frontstage photography: Team Peter Stigter
Backstage photography: Molly SJ Lowe
Video registration: Fabrice Daville | Premices
Thanks to:
Fédération française de la Couture
L'Oratoire du Louvre
Amaike Textile Industry Co.
Orihashi Jikichi Shoten
Paolo Ceric
Akademie van Kunsten
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie
Mondriaan Fonds

Press: Nicolas Delarue | Karla Otto Paris
Styling: Patti Wilson
Casting: Maida Boina
Collaborating artist: Philip Beesley
Creative consultant: Jerry Stafford
Choreography: Blanca Li
Make-up: Isamaya Ffrench | MAC
Hair: Maria Kovacs, Marco Lafrate | TiGI
3D printing in collaboration with Niccolo Casas
Shoes in collaboration with Julia Lundsten | FINSK
Press release: Eugene Rabkin & Jerry Stafford
Light design: Jurjen Hesseling & Stefan Prokop | Jurlights
Backstage photography: Morgan O'Donovan
Video registration: Fabrice Daville | Premices Films
Music: Salvador Breed
Show production: SixUp Paris | N6
Show direction: Kim Vos | Bdifferent
Frontstage Photography: Peter Stigter

Special Thanks to:
Nick Knight & Charlotte Knight | ShowStudio
Michelle den Hollander & Diek Pothoven
Alla Polozenko

Quaquaversal Show
Press agent: Karla Otto | Nicolas Delareu
Styling: Patti Wilson
Casting Director: Jess Hallett
Consultancy: Jerry Stafford
Make-up: MAC Cosmetics | Inge Grognard
Hair: TIGI Professional | Maria Kovacs, Marco Lafrate
Music & sounds: Salvador Breed
Runway music: Excerpt of Canto Ostinato Audio Visual | Gwyneth Wentink, Wouter Snoei & Arnout Hulskamp
Collaborating artists: Jólan van der Wiel, Marjan Colletti
Installation: Rex Lab | University of Innsbruck for Experimental Archictecture
Pedja Gavrilovic, Pavlos Feraios
Show: 6up event production | Martin Cohen, Bruno Augusto Ramos
Showproduction: Bdifferent | Kim Vos, Diek Pothoven & Michelle den Hollander
Shoes in collaboration with FINSK London by Julia Finsk
Press release: Jerry Stafford & Eugene Rabkin
Installation photography: Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones
Frontstage Photography: Team Peter Stigter
Backstage Photography: Morgan O’Donovan
Video Registration: Fabrice Daville - Premices Films

Special Thanks to:
Gwendoline Christie
Ets Lucien Noyon Et Cie
Akadamie van Kunsten
Stefano Martinetto & Tomorrow team

Hacking Infinity Show
Press agent: Karim Ben Geloun |  Karla Otto
Styling: Robbie Spencer
Casting Director: Russel Marsh
Collaborating artist: Philip Beesley
Press release: Eugene Rabkin & Jerry Stafford
Consultancy: Jerry Stafford
Music: Salvador Breed
Make-up: Inge Grognard | M.A.C.
Hair: Maria Kovacs, Marco Lafrate | TIGI
Regie: Kim Vos
Shoes in collaboration with Noritaka Tatehana
3D dress in collaboration with Niccolo Casas
Frontstage Photography: Peter Stigter
Backstage Photography: Julien Boudet, Morgan O’Donovan
Video Registration: Fabrice Daville - Premices Films
Special Thanks to
Aleksandra Gaca Textile design
3D Systems
Palais de Tokyo
Stefano Martinetto & Tomorrow team

Hacking Infinity Shoot
Photography : Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones
creative Consultant ; Jerry Stafford
Models : Rita Saunders and Rita Saunders, Malu Bortolini
Makeup : Inge Grognard
Hair : Tigi

Magnetic Motion Show 
Special Thanks to:
ANDAM  & jury members
Centre Pompidou
Philip Beesley
Jerry Stafford
Stefano Martinetto & Tomorrow showroom team
Press agent: Karim Ben Geloun |  Karla Otto
Styling: Tom van Dorpe
Casting Director: Piergiorgio Del Moro | Samuel Ellis Scheinman
Regie: Kim Vos
Music: Salvador Breed
3D printing in collaboration with Niccolo Casas & 3D Systems
Shoes and accessories in collaboration with Jolan van der Wiel
Make-up: Inge Grognard | M.A.C.
Hair: Maria Kovacs, Marco Lafrate | TIGI
Press Text: Eugene Rabkin
Frontstage Photography: Yannis Vlamos
Backstage Photography: Morgan O’Donovan
Video Registration: Fabrice Daville - Premices Films

Magnetic Motion Shooting
Photography : Mathieu Cesar
Creative Consultant : Jerry Stafford
Model : Iekeliene Stange
Makeup : Inge Gronard
Hair : Maria Kovacs, Marco Lafrate | TIGI

Biopiracy Show
Show Producer: Etienne Russo
Styling: Tom van Dorpe
Creative consultant: Jerry Stafford
Art Installation: Lawrence Malstaf
3D printing in collaboration with Julia Koerner and Materialise
Shoes in collaboration with United Nude
Music director: Salvador Breed
Spoken text by Philip Beesley
Frontstage Photography: Michel Zoeter
Vacuum photo by Robert Clark
Backstage Photography: Morgan O’Donovan
Press agent: Karim Ben Geloun - Karla Otto
Casting Director: Pierre Del Moro, Samuele Ellis Scheinman
Regie: Kim Vos
Make-up: Inge Grognard - M.A.C.
Hair: Maria Kovacs, Marco Lafrate - TIGI
Video Registration: Fabrice Daville - Premices Films
Invitation design: Mark Holtman
Calligraphier: Nicolas Ouchenir
Special Thanks to:
Jean Baptiste Mondino
Cité de la Mode et du Design
Sophie Oudin & Villa Eugenie team
Stefano Martinetto & Tomorrow showroom team

Embossed Sounds show
Press:  Karla Otto - Karim Ben Geloun 
Creative consultant: Jerry Stafford
Music: Salvador Breed, Jerke van den Braak
Embedded sound technology: Luc van Weelden
Collaborating artists: Casey Legler, Saskia de Brauw, Sofie van Dijck, Cato van Dijck
Make up: Lyne Desnoyers – M.A.C Pro team
Hair: Maria Kovacs, Marco Iafrate – TIGI team
Art & catwalk direction: Kim Vos – Bdifferent
Casting: Piergiorgio Del Moro, Samuel Ellis Scheinman & IVH team
Video: Anton & Daria Shapovalova
Photography: Adam Katz Sinding
Production: Py Tswang Jin & IVH team
Special thanks to:
Jean Baptiste Mondino
Silencio – Coralie Gauthier & Laurent Lafon
Alice Pfeiffer
Stefano Martineto & Tomorrow showroom team

Wilderness Embodied show
Press agent – Karim Ben Geloun – Karla Otto
Frontstage Photographer – Michel Zoeter
Backstage Photographer – Morgan O'Donovan
Video Registration – Fabrice Daville Premices Films
Choreography – Kim Vos
Music Directors – Salvador Breed & Stijn van Beek
Materialise & 3D parts printing with architect Isaie Bloch
Shoes in collaboration with Rem D. Koolhaas & Stratasys
Magnetic grown dresses development in collaboration with Jolan van der Wiel
Bird-dress heads by  Cedric Laquieze
Casting Director – Piergiorgio Del Moro & Assistant Samuel Eillis Scheinman
M.A.C. Chef Make-up – Inge Grognard
Chef Hair – Yannick D'Is
Press release – Thibaut Wychowanok
Show production – Mathieu Gallix @ Hawk & Beaver
Invitation design by Mark Holtman
Calligrapher: Nicolas Ouchenir
Special Thanks to:
Jean Baptiste Mondino
Jerry Stafford
Sarah Blom & Bradly Dunn Klerks
Stefano Martineto & Tomorrow showroom team

Voltage Show 
Press agent - Karim Ben Geloun
Consultancy - Leila Smara @ Tristan Godefroy
Choreography - Kim Vos
Music - Salvador Breed
Personal Assistant Iris - Sarah Blom
General Manager - Bradly Klerks
Material collaboration with Philip Beesley
Materialise & 3D printing with architect Julia Koerner and Materialise
Stratasys & 3D printing with Neri Oxman, Keren Oxman and Prof. Craig. W. Carter
Shoes in collaboration with United Nude
Show production - Mathieu Gallix @ Hawk & Beaver Production
Casting Director - Piergiorgio Del Moro @ Streeters
Chef Hair - Odile Gilbert @ L'Atelier 68
Chef Make-up - Inge Grognard @ Jed Root
M.A.C. assistance- Elke Willemen & Lif Theys
Tesla Coil installation - Carlos van Camp
Model Tesla Coil - Natalja Heybroek
Choreographers Tesla Coil - Pieter de Ruiter & Eva Villanueva
Tesla Coil Consultant - Cornelius Arie Plet
Clutches in collaboration with Heaven Tanudiredja
Accessory in collaboration with Isaie Bloch
Video registration - Premices Films
Press release by Thibaut Wychowanok and Alice Pfeiffer
RMO - office & show team
Invitation design by Theisen-Design

Voltage Haute Couture shoot
Frontstage Photographer - Michel Zoeter
Photographer - Ronald Stoops
Backstage Photographer - Boy Kortekaas
first 6 backstage photos by Philip Beesley

Hybrid Holism 
Olivier Bourgis,Karim Ben Geloun,Thomas Klein,Mathieu Gallix
Stylist – Sheila Single
Materialise & 3D printing
Swarovski Elements
Shoes in collaboration with United Nude
3D collaboration with architect Julia Koerner
Clutches in collaboration with Heaven Tanudiredja
Lace by Sophie Hallette
Choreography and catwalk – Kim Vos
Sound Design – Salvador Breed
Casting Director – Paul Louisor
Chef Hair – Christian Eberhart @ Julian Watson Agency
Chef Make-up – Hiromi Ueda @ Julian Watson Agency
Frontstage Photographer : Michel Zoeter
Backstage Photographer: Sophie van der Perre
Remerciements à Monsieur Jean Tiberi, Maire du 5e arrondissement de Paris

RTW teaser photos with Grimes
Photographer : Ralph Mecke
Stylist : Leila Smara
Photo assistants :Stewart Isbell, Bryan Chong
Digital Operator : Nick Metcalf  @ Vision on
Hair Stylist : Tamas Tuzes @  L'Atelier nyc
Makeup artist : Asami Taguchi @  L'Atelier nyc

Kuki de Salvertes and Karim Ben Geloun, TOTEM 
Stylist: Sheila Single @ Call My Agent 
Choreography and catwalk: Kim Vos @ B Different 
Casting Director: Paul Louisor
Producer: Devi Sok
Hat designer: Stephen Jones 
3D Printing: Materialise 
Shoe collaboration: United Nude 
3D printing collaboration with Isaie Bloch 
Snake skin development: Bart Hess
Sound Design: Salvador Breed 
Chef Hair: Christian Eberhart @ Julian Watson Agency
Chef Make up: Hiromi Ueda @ Julian Watson Agency
Frontstage Photographer: Yannis Vlamos
Backstage Photographer: Morgan O'Donovan
Special Thanks to: Mondriaan Fund - www.mondriaanfonds.nl

Micro  Shoot
Photography: Ronald Stoops 
Make-up/hair : Inge Grognard 
Model: Michelle Hollander @ Women  

Björk moon video
written by björk and damian taylor.
directed, produced and art directed by björk, inez and vinoodh,
m/m paris and james merry.
app design and programming by max weisel.
published by universal music publishing ltd.
® 2011 björk overseas ltd/one little indian records ltd.

Press: TOTEM 
Stylist: Sheila Single @ Call My Agent
Art & Catwalk Director: Kim Vos @ B Different 
Casting Director: Paul Louisor
Show Director: Devi Sok
Skeleton 3D printed dress; collaboration with architect Isaie Bloch 
Hat designer: Stephen Jones 
Shoe collaboration: United Nude 
Shoe textile: Bart Hess 
Chef Hair: Naoki Komiya @ Julian Watson Agency
Chef Make-up: Ayami Nishimura @ Julian Watson Agency
Production Company: Mark Vandebroeck 
3D Printing Partner: Sven Hermans,  Materialise 
House Photographer: Michel Zoeter 
Video: Chris Dekker 
Special Thanks to           
Kuki, Karim, Sébastien – TOTEM
Martin Hegeman, Mercedes-Benz 
Julie Duraffourg – Gallery Nikki Diana Marquardt

Capriole Shoot:
Photography - DUY QUOC VO
Styling - SONNY GROO
Snake dress for V-magazine, Model : DEWI DRIEGEN at PAPARAZZI MODELS
Other photos for MYCRO MAG, Model : Eline at Code Management

Escapism  Show:
Stylist: Sheila Single @Call My Agent 
Studio Director: Elsa Rivoire
Art & Catwalk Direction: Kim Vos @ B Different 
Production: Roos Van der Hulst 
Casting Director: Katrin Wesolowski
Hat Design: Stephen Jones 
Shoe Collaboration: United Nude 
Shoe textile; Bart Hess 
Sound Design: Salvador Breed  
Photography: Michel Zoeter 
Make-up: Ayami Nishimura @ Julian Watson Agency
Hair: Christian Eberhart @ Julian Watson Agency 
3D printing: .MGX by Materialise 
Production Company: Jurlights 
Manicurist: Anatole Rainey
Special Thanks to   
Marieke Wiegel, Institut Neérlandais 
Martin Hegeman, Mercedes-Benz 
Fonds BKVB // www.fondsbkvb.nl

Escapism Shoot
Photography: Petrovski & Ramone 
Hair : Bianca van Zwieten @ Angelique Hoorn 
make-up: kathinka gernant @House of Orange 
model: Soekarsie @ Salva models 

Crystallization Show:
Art & Catwalk Direction: Kim Vos @ B Different
Production: Roos Van der Hulst
Sound Design: Salvador Breed 
Hat design: Irene bussemaker
Photography: Michel Zoeter 
Make-up: Lydia Le Loux @ House of Orange 
Hair: Rutger van der Heide @ View Agency 

Video water-dress
Director: Joost Vandebrug 
Fashion Editor: Ferry van der Nat 
Sound Design: Salvador Breed 
Make-up & hair: Sandra Govers @ Angelique Hoorn 
Model: Claire @ Ulla Models 
Operator: Flip Bleekrode
Gaffer: Dick Bloemdraad
Ass. Gaffer: Tim Bloemdraad

Crystallization Shoot
Photography: Shamila @ Eric Elenbaas 
Styling: Thomas Vermeer @ Unit CMA 
Hair: Ilona de Leeuw @ Angelique Hoorn 
Make-up: Yokaw Pat @ Angelique Hoorn 
Model: Celine @ Vandermast Model Management 

Synesthesia Show
Art & Catwalk Direction: Kim Vos @ B Different 
Production: Roos Van der Hulst  
Photography: Michel Zoeter 
Art & Catwalk Direction: Kim Vos @ B Different 
Hat design: Irene bussemaker 
Hair: James Brown @ premier hair and make-up 
Make up: Yin Lee @premier hair and make-up 

Synesthesia Shoot
Photography: Rollan Didier
Styling: Yasuhiro Takehisa 
Make -up: Marie-Sophie @View Agency 
Hair: Ingeborg @View Agency 
Models: Lizelot & Kim @ Wilma Wakker Modelmanagement 

Radiation Invasion show
Styling & Art direction: Yasuhiro Takehisa 
Production: Roos Van der Hulst  
Photography: Michel Zoeter 
Art & Catwalk Direction: Kim Vos @ B Different 
Make up: Karina Contantine @ Streeters 
Hair: Juan Carlos @ OneMakeup 

Radiation Invasion shoot
Photography: Akio 
Styling: Yasuhiro Takehisa 
Make up: Karina Contantine @ Streeters 
Model: Kate E @ IMG London
Mummification show and shoot
Production: Roos Van der Hulst  
Catwalk Direction: Kim Vos @ B Different 
Photography: Michel Zoeter
Make-up: Lydia Le Loux @ House of Orange 
Hair: Jennifer Mackintosh @ View Agency
Shoot Model: Esra @ Wilma Wakker Modelmanagement 
Shoot Make-up & hair: Maaike Beijer @ Angelique Hoorn Agency 

Refinery Smoke show and shoot
Production: Roos Van der Hulst  
Catwalk Direction: Kim Vos @ B Different 
Photography: Michel Zoeter 
Hair: Martin Wentzel Heide @ View Agency 
Model: Donna & Gwen @ Wilma Wakker Modelmanagement 
Make-up & hair: Maaike Beijer @ Angelique Hoorn Agency 

Chemical Crows show and shoot
Production & Styling: Roos Van der Hulst  
Photography: Michel Zoeter
Model: Donna & Gwen @ Wilma Wakker Modelmanagement 
Make-up: Darien Touma 
Hair: Marriet Gakes @ Salon B

Backstage Photos
Michel Zoeter (Synesthesia, Crystallization, Radiation Invation, Escapism, Capriole )
Morgan O'Donovan (Escapism, Micro)
Marleen Daniels (Crystallization)
Stephen Dhlberg (Synesthesia)
Sanne Glasbergen (Crystallization)
Veerle Evens ( Escapism)
Marjolein Heije (Escapism)
Lisa Galesloot (Escapism)

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Atelier Assistant Internship- IMMEDIATE START (6 month placement)

This role is for an enthusiastic and well organised individual with great communication skills. The placement is for a duration of minimum 4-6 months and provides an exclusive insight into the workings of a couture atelier.
The role includes but is not limited to sourcing, administration, archive organisation, atelier maintenance, product sales and communication.

It requires strong organisational and time management skills. As well as a good understanding of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Applicants must have strong written and English language skills . Dutch or other languages is also beneficial. Previous experience is preferred. Must have EU passport.

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV and letter of motivation to HR@irisvanherpen.com
We kindly ask that you include ‘Atelier Assistant’ in the subject of your email to ensure your inquiry is directed to the relevant correspondent.

Thank you.

Boutique conditions

Making a return or exchange is easy. Just make sure you request a Returns Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number and send your item(s) back to us within 14 days of receiving your order.

Email us at sales@irisvanherpen.com to ask for your RMA.
Explicitly state the reason why you want to send your item(s) back. If an item is faulty, please provide details why. 
If you'd like to exchange an item because the fit isn't right, tell us the replacement size.
To request a refund, select how you would like to be credited. This needs to match the original payment method used.


If you are based in the EU under the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 (DSRs), you have the right to cancel your order with us, provided you give us written notice any time after your order has been placed, up until 7 working days from the day after you received you order.

You must notify customer care in writing of your wish to cancel the contract for your entire order under the DSRs any time after your order has been placed, up until 7 working days from the day after you received you order.

Either email sales@irisvanherpen.com or write to us at: Notice of Contract Cancellation, Customer Care Department, IVH Haute Couture BV, Van Diemenstraat 410 suite 1.23, 1013 CR, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

On receipt of your notice of contract cancellation, customer care will email you a Returns Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. We will send you a returns pro forma invoice to include it with your return so we can process your refund promptly.

We recommend that you insure the return shipment as you are under a duty to take reasonable care of the goods and will be liable for damage to them until we receive them at our warehouse. We also recommend that you use a secure, trackable means to return your order to us at IVH Haute Couture BV, Van Diemenstraat 410 suite 1.23  1013 CR  Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and that you retain proof of sending, in case of a dispute.

Please note that you must cover the cost of the return shipment.

All items must be returned unused, in their original condition and from the country that the order was delivered to.

We will refund the full value of your order, including shipping costs, within 30 days of receiving your notice of contract cancellation. If we do not receive the cancelled order, we will arrange to have it collected from you at your cost.

Please note you may only use your right to cancel the order under the DSRs if you give us formal written notice of cancellation any time after your order has been placed, up until 7 working days from the day after you received you order, as described above.