IRIS VAN HERPEN – SYNTOPIA – Fall 2018 Haute Couture Paris – Fashion Channel
Iris van Herpen presents her latest Haute Couture collection, ‘Syntopia’, on July 2nd, 2018 at Le Trianon in Paris.
In this collection the designer explores the new worlds that arise within synthetic biology and the intertwining relationships between the organic and the inorganic. ‘Syntopia’ acknowledges the current scientific shift in which biology converges with technology and visualizes the fragility and power within.
For Syntopia, Van Herpen collaborates with the artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift,
For this show Studio Drift has created
whose biomimic designs translate
natural processes by breathing life into delicate immersive sculptures
steps’ constructed of 18 delicate glass wings that represent all the
a spatial kinetic installation ‘in 18
different steps of flying in an abstract way. The vivacious glass bird
flows in symbiosis with the models while they move over the runway,
their delicate interaction emphasizes the fragility of new worlds living
and soaring together. The collection begins with one of the oldest artisanal techniques – weaving. Here, traditional weaving and cutting-edge, digitally designed weaving intertwine to create a series of ‘Syntopic’ coats and dresses in laser-cut wool that are woven with leather through parametric file making to literally cut into time.
Transparent silk organza is pleated and liquid-coated, their transparent folds continually overlap in different directions to slow down movement, resembling the glass lines of the show’s kinetic installation. The ‘Inside a second’ technique translates the artistry of Studio Drift and the chronophotographic lines of birdflight into thousands of two-toned transparent organza layers that are lasercut and heatbonded with mylar and cotton, that drape like time-lapse motion.
The mini ‘Mimesis’ corset dresses are made from bird’s soundwave patterns that are lasercut of mylar, black cotton, red organza and transparent black acrylic sheets, layering the silk and acrylic like a feather’s architecture.
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