Iris Van Herpen’s “Hybrid Holism” Unveiled at Paris Fashion Week

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Models on a runway wearing 3D-printed designs

Inspired by Philip Beesley’s “Hylozoic Ground” project, Iris Van Herpen teamed up with Materialise to create a 3D-printed dress evoking a “living” connection of human creations with natural systems.

Unveiled during haute couture week in Paris, the 3D-printed dress, which one awestruck spectator compared to “liquid honey,” marked her and Materialise’s third trip down the Paris catwalks. In 2011, Iris collaborated with Materialise and .MGX in the creation of four pieces for her critically acclaimed “Escapism” collection. And in 2012, another sensational 3D-printed piece was brought to life for the “Micro” Collection.

Model on the runway wearing a 3D-printed dress
Model on a runway wearing a shiny, 3D-printed dress that bubbles out at the hips

The latest collection, “Hybrid Holism,” was inspired by architect Philip Beesley and his “Hylozoic Ground” project, which offers a vision of “living technology” and materials that can connect human creations to natural systems. In living technology, Iris sees a future where creations in design, art, architecture, and fashion will be partly alive and constantly changing.

Iris Van Herpen began her career in 2006 as an intern with Alexander McQueen. Since starting her own label in 2007, she has picked up a string of awards, been elected a guest member by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, seen her clothing worn by trend-setting celebrities such as Björk and Lady Gaga, and had her 3D-printed dresses named as one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2011 by TIME Magazine.

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