Iris Van Herpen


Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen has once again broken new ground within the ever saturated sphere of haute-couture fashion design. In July, during Paris fashion week, Herpen astounded her audience with her new Autumn Winter collection ‘Seijaku’. The Japanese word and concept translates to finding ‘serenity amongst chaos’ – ultimate tranquillity – and Herpen has, without a doubt, embodied the enigma to the fullest.

Intellectually and physically spellbinding Herpen tantalises our senses with designs based on cymatics – a vibrational phenomena caused by sound waves that can be seen across fluid surfaces. If you haven't googled it yet, I urge you to do so. Herpen then translates these complex visible patterns into incredible biomorphic forms, visualising sound through geometric shapes on paper light fabrics, morphing waves into cryptically beautiful garments.

Having collaborated with Japanese musician Kazuya Nagaya the creatives in question engage the audience into a collective experience by fusing meditative sounds with the exhibition of unfathomably delicate designs. A zen bowl sound installation compliments the rippling notion behind the designers sculpturally architectural creations delivering a performance ever so wholesomely divine.

Creative duo Warren du Preeze and Nick Thornton, capture one of the collections most ethereal pieces enigmatically. Hand-plisséed and line-printed Japanese organza (woven from threads five times thinner than human hair) create its unique "Cymatic" pattern. Here the model, saintly, rides Iris’s wave of visualised sound and breaks not only sound barriers, but design ones too.