Iris Van Herpen: taking her dresses a level higher

‘Could a dress create the impression that it is moving by itself or make the viewer believe that it is making the wearer compelling to walk’, is in short a description used by fashion journalist Jean Paul Cauvin about Van Herpen her dresses. It illustrates perfectly her groundbreaking innovations and experimental designs. As she says herself ‘couture  represents the future of fashion’, her collections are living it to the fullest.

Iris Van Herpen, not just another 27-year young Dutch woman, is putting the fashion industry upside down with her designs. She is not a promising talent. She is a talent. We’ve blogged about her before but she keeps amazing us every day. Her dresses from her latest collection Hybrid Holism are one by one true pieces of art and clever design.


In 2008 she started off with her collections Chemical Crows for which she used children’s umbrella’s, industrial boat yarns, leather, metal chaines and so on. A few collections later she discovered 3D printing and used our technology to make her designs and dreams come alive: her collection Crystallization was born. It relates to water in various states which you see through the variety of materials she used such as soft leather combined with 3D printed polyamide.

3D design combined with traditional handcraft.





















It’s time to take everything a level higher. For the first time Iris Van Herpen makes 3D printed masterpieces for her collection Escapism as a whole dress without any need for a needle and thread.


Her 3D printed dress for the collection Capriole.

Now that she realises how it’s possible to make dresses in a whole piece using 3D printing technology called laser sintering, she continues on in her next collection Capriole.  She’s always been a fan of skydiving and that’s exactly what she tried to show with her dresses: during a free fall, you feel every fiber, just like the dresses try to express.

Van Herpen dress for her collection Micro.



Van Herpen also zoomed in on the world of micro-organisms, this led her to another 3D printed dress, showing cell structures and cilliate organisms.


With her latest collection Hybrid Holism she uses the 3D printing technology stereolithography, which is complexer than the technology (laser sintering) she used before. It makes her designs just a little smarter and more innovative which, we’re sure of it, will still make her better than she already is.

Taking her dresses one step higher again with her latest collection.