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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Iris Van Herpen Haute Couture A/W12

The Dutch designer considers dreaming and creation

Since Iris Van Herpen graduated from Arnhem, she has been a favourite of Dazed for her striking, neo-organic digital forms. This season, Van Herpen took inspiration from the architect Fischli and scientist Rachel Armstrong, considering the future and the possibility of creating something that is partly alive.

It's really important that fashion keeps dreaming

"I've showed couture officially for a few seasons but I don't think my work has changed because of it," Van Herpen explains. "For me couture is freedom of creation; the process, the experiment, the research – which is really important for me – and all the collaborations." Preparing to introduce ready-to-wear next year, the designer continues to push her language forward in new ways. "It's really important that fashion keeps dreaming," Van Herpen believes. "If you don't dream, what perspective do you have?"