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VISIONAIRE’s One Look film series explores the laborious intricacies and endless detail put into the construction of a haute couture garment.

As time advances, an incredible joy stems from the limitless possibility and definition of fashion design. From technology to cultural interdependence, the rules of design have extended to imaginative realms. For Dutch couturier and imaginative priestess, Iris Van Herpen, “normal rules don’t apply”, as stated on her digital interface. This mantra, accompanied with the right time and the right idea, creates the visualization for Van Herpen’s cutting-edge and fearless portfolio. Known for reinterpreting natural elements into magnificent design pieces, Van Herpen is a hi-tech designer who not only adds value from the fashion industry into the world, but also establishes a timeless trait for otherworldly designs.

In an interview with Dazed & Confused, the womenswear creator admitted to being “inspired by the impossible” and is committed to body movement, form, structure and material. This season, the couture futurist interpreted sound waves into sculptural silhouettes with the collection SEIJAKU. Seijaku, a Japanese aesthetic, means tranquility or serenity in the midst of activity. Van Herpen’s Fall/Winter 2016 couture presentation, shown at the historic Protestant church, Eglise Réformée de l’Oratoire du Louvre was both tranquil and serene as models stood as sculptures draped in geometric patterns. Japanese musician, Kazuya Nagaya, was commissioned by the designer to create a Zen bowl sound accompaniment intensified by microphones. As the sound of bells echoed through the setting’s architecture, models engaged in an expressive dance of the limbs.

Stomping on wooden platforms, silhouettes were full of movement. The collection began with plissé, organza dresses which translated into a structure of hexagonal-like cells created by the Shibori technique used by Van Herpen. From there, thousands of silicone-coated Swarovski water drop crystals and handblown glass bubbles were embroidered onto a floor-length gown and cocktail-style dress heightening the senses of sound sight as the crystals gleamed and edged the sound bowl setup.

“For me fashion is an expression of art that is very close related to me and to my body,” Van Herpen states on her website. “I see it as my expression of identity combined with desire, moods and cultural setting.” Van Herpen’s experimental force in the fashion industry makes her a pioneer in avant-garde design. The multidimensional experience that she creates reminds us of what it means to exist and how that can translate artistically. VisionaireFILM’s fifth episode of ONE LOOK shows the intricate process of Van Herpen’s magnificent collection.

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YEAR 2016
DIRECTOR Stylianos Pangalos
PRODUCER Cecilia Dean & James Kaliardos
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lars Byrresen Petersen
DoP Ilan Rosenblatt
ORIGINAL SCORE Baptiste & Pierre Colleu

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jo bond says:

It's not just clothes but a story

Sue Mead says:

This is impressive and beautiful. So is the WOW – World of Wearable Arts – held here in New Zealand and definitely worth checking out for clothing as art or, art as clothing. Whatever, these are phenomenal. The video didn't give us enough time to fully appreciate each garment. (sigh) Never mind.

Going Ape Costume says:

I'd kill to know what the flexible poured resin like material is….

Manolin M. says:

It would be a dream to attend her runway show.😍

Crystal M says:

Such ingenuity with fabric and materials. I absolutely live for those spiral/bone dresses made from strips of fabric.

What a thing to first off cut those strips from that light weight fabric with no frayed edges!!! Then to lay each colour with such a subtle shade difference by hand, hand baste that and then machine sew each one!
Individual panels are then twisted and sculpted and hand sewn into place!

It is fluid and beautiful, I’m sure it will carry over on a smaller scale to ready to wear.

Elim Kwok says:

What color would you like the dress to be?
Don't you mean blue?
Did I fucking stutter?!?!

Natalie Miller says:

Any fool can come up with uncomfortable impractical clothes. But do they sell?

Mary Joy Almero says:

Salute to passionate and creative people.

Kadu Luiz says:

This is fucking art and I’m crying now

Nick says:

The thumbnail looked like a piece of ice.

Sonia kh says:

But how can it be profitable? Or commercial?


Who will wear these

atzo naftaniel says:

Well Paris, eat your heart out. Get back on that one;-)

AJ Hubbell says:

These pieces, as unique as they may be, appear to be rather uncomfortable to wear.
Thank you.


When the inevitable remake of the Fifth Element happens, Iris needs to do the costumes.

Theresa Bernardo says:

At the end, the models look like sirens about to kill everybody. Impeccable work!

Norfolk250 says:

Imagine being caught in a fire whilst wearing that

Alexa Gusten says:

Those are some fancy raincoats

Melissa Locke says:

ASMR fashion show 👍❤️

Spicy Sith says:

Such skill and resources wasted in created monstruosities.

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