Iris van Herpen Fall 2014: “Biopiracy”

Iris van Herpen, AW14/15From the press notes:

In a society, where boundaries between private and public are porous, enquiries surrounding the ownership of one’s own body have grown.
In the recent past, patents on our genes have been purchased. Are we still the sole proprietor of our bodies?

From this question arises a sense of arrested freedom in one’s most intimate, solitary state.

A mix of ready-to-wear and couture pieces is presented with artist Lawrence Malstaf -who specializes in the interaction between biology and physicality.

Models float in the air, embryonic, seemingly weightless and in a meditative suspended animation.

Metamorphosis is suggested through intricate enmeshing of materials. Imprisoned fire opal beads gleam through lacerated weaves, artificial fibers compose voluminous, architectural structures, the organic ripple of light on water.

A 3D printing collaboration with Julia Koerner fuses the artisanal with the technical to create a kinetic dress which dances as it amplifies bodily movement. Molded boots in collaboration with United Nude accelerate and reconfigure the silhouette.

Photos courtesy of Iris van Herpen

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