Iris van Herpen

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Photography Yann Bean

Published September 30, 2014

Last season, Iris van Herpen vacuum-sealed her models on the runway as a commentary on consumerism; this time, the Dutch designer used models to bring forth her meditation on physics. Inspired by the Hadron Collider at CERN, the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world, van Herpen (who won this year’s ANDAM Prize) was preoccupied with magnetic force fields, and pushed her concept-oriented design practice with garments that utilized 3-D printing. Delicate chiffon-overlaid blouses and jackets with Renaissance lacing mixed with sculptural, armor-like forms and spiky chainmail. Exaggerated, bubble-like details exploded from a strapless tube dress.

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