Fall 2018 Haute Couture: Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen latest Fall 2018 couture collection “Syntopia” develops the concept of Syntopia, a future that is neither utopic or dystopic, it is just identical to the present. Rather than seeing a future dominated by machines or going back to our roots in nature, this collection wants to put technology and biology in the same room and produce a synthetic biology. Inspired by movement and birds’ flight, Iris van Herpen reproduced the birds’ soundwave patterns in the architecture of the dresses resulting in a feather structure. This fusion of nature and technology suggests that both of them can function together in a near future.

In the Syntopia dress, bird soundwave patterns are lasercut  of stainless steel and black cotton, to then be heat-bounded to transparent black silk and layered like a feather’s architecture. In the Aeolian dress, transparent blue organza is pleated into halfwheel plissé panels that are liquid-coated. Transparent folds cross each other in different directions like glass wings in thin air. The aim of the collection was to “slow down the fabric”, explore the opposites and reinforce time-lapse concept. “These pieces are not necessarily here and now. They both connect to something that is coming and something that has already come.”, stated van Herpen.

Known as one of fashion’s most talented and forward-thinking creators who continuously pushes the boundaries, it does not surprise that van Herpen designed a collection of stunning form and textures, with intricate detailing and formed bodices. Syntopia is a dynamic and artistic endeavour for the fashion house.

Photo credit: Vogue (runway), NowFashion (cover)