Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses


The catalogue for the upcoming QAGOMA exhibition.

'Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses' offers an overview of Iris van Herpen's work over the past 16 years. It not only shows the most iconic designs, but also explores her forward-looking vision of fashion on a deeper level. On the basis of 100 dresses, it becomes clear how much the designer challenges our vision of Haute Couture . Sculpting the Senses immerses you in Van Herpen's sensory universe and unites fashion, contemporary art, design and science on the basis of nine themes that together form the essence of Van Herpen's work.

Iris van Herpen founded her fashion house in 2007. Known for her blend of technology and traditional craftsmanship and for her vision of fashion as an interdisciplinary language and dynamic entity, she now belongs to the Fédération de la Haute Couture. Her collaborations are also distinctive, including with sculptor Anthony Howe, architect Philip Beesley and artist Casey Curran.

Cloé Pitiot is curator of the exhibition Sculpting the Senses at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, to which she is affiliated, and Louise Kurtis is assistant curator of the same expo. Ariane Koek founded the first "arts" program within CERN and is an independent producer, writer, speaker, curator known for her multi-disciplinary approach. With a foreword by actress Tilda Swinton.


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