Iris van Herpen – Museum

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Exhibition – Iris van Herpen

My comment

Iris Van Herpen’s exhibition was an extraordinary experience, highlighting exceptional achievements that resonate with one of the themes of proliferation in our Applied Art Composition and Fundamental Plastic Expression course. Van Herpen’s innovative designs, skillfully fusing haute couture and contemporary art, offer a captivating vision of creativity. Unfortunately, the visit was somewhat tarnished by the fact that the guide responsible for guiding us through this exciting artistic world turned out to be rather boring. His lack of enthusiasm somewhat overshadowed the fascination aroused by the exhibition itself.


Organized at the Museum of Decorative Arts, from November 29, 2023 to April 28, 2024, the exhibition “Iris van Herpen. Sculpting the Senses” pays tribute to one of the most visionary fashion designers of her generation. A pioneer in the use of new technologies in her discipline, Iris van Herpen transgresses conventional clothing norms, open to both traditional and forward-looking know-how.

Going from micro to macro, the exhibition questions the place of the body in space, its relationship to clothing and its environment, its future in a rapidly changing world. A selection of more than 100 haute couture pieces created by Iris van Herpen interact with contemporary works of art, such as those by Philip Beesley, Collectif Mé, Wim Delvoye, Rogan Brown, Kate MccGwire, Damien Jalet, Kohei Nawa, Casey Curran, Jacques Rougerie, as well as design creations by Neri Oxman, Ren Ri, Ferruccio Laviani and Tomáš Libertíny, and pieces from natural sciences such as corals or fossils creating a unique resonance with historical pieces. The exhibition is presented in the Christine & Stephen A. Schwarzman Fashion Galleries.

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