Iris van Herpen retrospective at the Groninger Museum

Showcasing your first retrospective at an international museum at the age of 27 is certainly not something that happens to all young designers. Meet Dutch sensation Iris van Herpen, who’s been making waves in the fashion world with her unique creativity and unorthodox take on handicraft, as well as her use of advanced technology.

The sky’s the limit for Van Herpen, who uses 3D printing to produce pieces that are both striking and organic-looking and that reexamine the avant-garde as well as our notions of contemporary luxury. Playing with materials and visual illusions, she’s inspired by nature and abstract concepts, and her work becomes more refined with each year.

Presented chronologically, the exhibition showcases the designer’s work in a thorough and linear way, featuring outfits from every collection Van Herpen has worked on. Key themes are her treatment of leather, her innovative use of 3D printing and the exploration of volume, as well as her use of light and the effects of reflection.

Her embrace of the future, as well as her love for experimentation, drew a young and trendy crowd to the Groninger Museum for the opening last Friday night. Despite a severe lack of sleep and the intense preparation, Van Herpen seemed as moved and impressed as the visitors themselves. “I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed right now. This exhibition has been an incredible journey from start to finish. I’m so honoured that the museum approached me for this retrospective. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Read the full interview with Iris van Herpen in our orange album to be released on 30th March.

Groninger Museum, Museumeiland 1, 9711 ME Groningen
From 24th March to 23rd September
www.groningermuseum.nl