Last Thursday I was lucky enough to visit the Iris Van Herpen exhibition at the Calais lace museum in France. Iris’ vision and use of textiles is most certainly innovative – creating pieces that have to be seen IRL to be able to truly appreciate them. She takes inspiration from the magnification of things that cannot be seen with the naked eye and also the translation of emotions.
One of my favourite collections features dresses made from the inners of broken umbrellas to create a strong structure yet seemingly moving garments. Another dress uses flexi-glass to create the illusion of the wearer having water splashing around them.
I look forward to seeing her future collections and as a designer she remains an inspiration to anyone who favours a different view for the use of materials for garment construction.