Future Now

August 3, 2018

Iris Van Herpen is a Dutch designer who brings digital technology to the world of artisanal craftsmanship to create pieces that are time-defying and utterly otherworldly. Just imagine a dress crafted from laser-cut acrylic mesh, silicone, metal, transparent photopolymer or resin. More sculpture than frock, many of the couture pieces are barely wearable, unless you’re Lady Gaga or Tilda Swinton. Nature inspires almost every design –– a mass of black snakes, a splash of water, skeletons and smoke –– and exciting collaborations broaden possibilities. Von Herpen is only 34, but already so dynamic, sophisticated and daring. I can’t wait to see what comes next. Transforming Fashion is at the Royal Ontario Museum until October.

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