Iris van Herpen

Fashion Designer

Iris van Herpen is a fashion designer, often hailed as a pioneer in using 3D printing as a garment construction technique.

Born in 1984 in Wamel, the Netherlands, van Herpen studied fashion design at ArtEZ in Arnhem. She worked at Alexander McQueen and Claudy Jongstra in 2005 before starting her namesake label in 2007. In 2011, van Herpen became a member of the French Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, showing her collections on the official couture schedule in Paris.

Van Herpen’s distinct aesthetic viewpoint led her to dress many musicians and actresses, including Björk, for her videos and tours. Other projects have included dressing the actress Scarlett Johansson in the film Lucy and dressing Beyoncé for her Mine video. A former ballet practicer herself, van Herpen has also created costumes for the Paris Opera and the New York City Ballet, collaborating with the choreographer Benjamin Millepied and the Sasha Waltz dance company in Berlin.

The designer has won a number of awards for her work, being nominated for the Createurope Award in 2008, and going on to win the Dutch Fashion Award and the RADO Young Designer Award in 2010. 2014 saw van Herpen receive the ANDAM Grand Prix Award, while in 2016, she received the STARTS prize, the Grand Prize of the European Commission. In 2017 she was awarded the Johannes Vermeer Award state prize for the arts.

Her work was the solo subject of a large-scale exhibition at the Groninger Museum in 2012, and also of a number of books: Iris van Herpen by the Groninger Museum accompanied the designer's first solo exhibit, and Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion accompanied an exhibition at the High Museum of Art in 2012. Iris van Herpen Backstage was released by Witteveen + Bos in 2016.

Iris van Herpen is a fashion designer, often hailed as a pioneer in using 3D printing as a garment construction technique.

Born in 1984 in Wamel, the Netherlands, van Herpen studied fashion design at ArtEZ in Arnhem. She worked at Alexander McQueen and Claudy Jongstra in 2005 before starting her namesake label in 2007. In 2011, van Herpen became a member of the French Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, showing her collections on the official couture schedule in Paris.

Van Herpen’s distinct aesthetic viewpoint led her to dress many musicians and actresses, including Björk, for her videos and tours. Other projects have included dressing the actress Scarlett Johansson in the film Lucy and dressing Beyoncé for her Mine video. A former ballet practicer herself, van Herpen has also created costumes for the Paris Opera and the New York City Ballet, collaborating with the choreographer Benjamin Millepied and the Sasha Waltz dance company in Berlin.

The designer has won a number of awards for her work, being nominated for the Createurope Award in 2008, and going on to win the Dutch Fashion Award and the RADO Young Designer Award in 2010. 2014 saw van Herpen receive the ANDAM Grand Prix Award, while in 2016, she received the STARTS prize, the Grand Prize of the European Commission. In 2017 she was awarded the Johannes Vermeer Award state prize for the arts.

Her work was the solo subject of a large-scale exhibition at the Groninger Museum in 2012, and also of a number of books: Iris van Herpen by the Groninger Museum accompanied the designer's first solo exhibit, and Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion accompanied an exhibition at the High Museum of Art in 2012. Iris van Herpen Backstage was released by Witteveen + Bos in 2016.

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