SCULPTING THE SENSES Book - Limited Artist Edition

€ 149

* Numbered special edition 

Embossed hardcover -


* Art print of an original illustration by Iris van Herpen
* Technical pattern-drawing on transparent sheet
* Original archive fabric swatch

Signed and numbered by Iris van Herpen

Produced in ITALY


This Artist Edition - personally signed and numbered by Iris van Herpen -  comes with three unique elements that show the designer’s creative process from idea to material tests : an original Haute Couture art print illustration by Iris van Herpen, a technical pattern drawing on a transparent sheet, as well as a hand-picked fabric swatch which comes straight from her archive. Each limited Artist Edition holds a different compilation of  these collectors items which makes every book unique.


Sculpting the Senses is an oeuvre of van Herpen’s work from the last sixteen years pushing a multidisciplinary dialogue between fashion, nature, art, and science.

It chronicles not only the most iconic designs, but also explores her vision on shaping fashion more intelligently including future-facing technology and craftsmanship that often blur the boundaries between the organic and the artificial.

Published to coincide with the retrospective exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the book brings together hundred striking Haute Couture designs of Iris van Herpen that transform the body into multi-sensory beings. 

Extraordinary closeup photos reveal close collaborations with researchers, architects, artists and engineers for cutting-edge materials and techniques.

Dimensions: 330 x 250 mm  - 256 Pages 

Presenting Iris van Herpen’s universe and her relations between dance, arts, and design, the book starts with an essay by curator Cloé Pitiot. Followed by an article written by Louise Curtis, assistant curator, on Iris van Herpen’s collaborations. The foreword is written by actress Tilda Swinton.
Ariane Koek - Founder of Arts at CERN - links Iris her work with the world of science. An exclusive interview by Art curator and critic Hans Ulrich Obrist, reveals the most imperative moments of the past sixteen years. 



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