Iris van Herpen Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Collection at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

For her fifth collection as an invited member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, Iris van Herpen focuses on the forces of nature, with a back and forth between innovation and craftsmanship.

Beyond simple visual inspiration, this wonder of the natural world forms the basis of wild experimentation. With the help of artists, scientists and architects, Iris van Herpen explores the intricacies of these forces through the medium of fashion, and the sensitive poetics that have long characterized her aesthetic vocabulary. Through her collaboration with artist Jolan van der Wiel, who has spent several years pondering the possibilities of magnetism, they have created dresses whose very forms are generated by the phenomenon of attraction and repulsion.

Iris van Herpen draws equally upon the life force that pulses through the sculptures of David Altmejd. His wild organic forms derived from the regenerative processes of nature have greatly inspired Beyond Wilderness. She proposes to reach this wild nature freedom into the human body and soul. The human spirit is forged of this same vital energy, coursing and erupting through the limits of the body in such resplendent displays of extreme tradition or technology as piercings, scarification or surgery. This wilderness of the human body, as unchecked as it is intimate, is one that the designer has sought to reveal through the collection.

Balancing respect for the traditions of atelier craftsmanship, with each garment subject to individual handwork, Iris van Herpen has nonetheless broadened the horizons of her domain: materials and processes. With architect Isaie Bloch and Stratasys she continues to develop the innovative 3D-printed dresses, which she was the first to present in both static and flexible forms. On the one hand, her partnership with United Nude’s Rem D. Koolhaas which has led to a line of shoes, help to spread the spirit of the collection.

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