Tuesday 7th July

| BY Paul Toner

Iris Van Herpen Presents a Singular Look For Digital Haute Couture Week

Digital fashion is a tough cookie to crumble. The online Haute Couture showcases are in full swing, and brands across the board are each having to unravel innovative ways to ensure their latest collections don’t get lost within the noise. When it comes to innovation, however, Iris Van Herpen has always been at the forefront. Her Couture shows are often occupied with moving dresses, 3D printing and otherworldly craftsmanship.  The esteemed designer chose to present a singular look as part of the inaugural digital Haute Couture week, modelled by Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten in a short film titled Transmotion. “For many, the year 2020 will go down in history books to mark a poignant chapter in their lives,” wrote the press release. “Amidst tension and turmoil, silence has been brewing; clearing the ground for a seed to be planted, an opportunity to incite new growth. In the right conditions, positive change can emerge to welcome first breath.”

Inspired by the work of Escher, the Dutch artist who looked to the nature of perception, the dress itself is in full bloom – layered with white, silk organza that is pleated to create translucent, petal-like outlines. The centre of the dress is made up of “black brances” made from duchess satin that has been laser-cut then hand-stitched. Trailing along the hemline sprouts “crystalline filaments” that make the dress appear as if it is part of  Carice van Houten’s form; growing as she does. Effortlessly beautiful as it is poignant. Would you expect anything less from Iris Van Herpen?