High Museum Welcomes First Fashion Exhibition, Iris van Herpen


The High Museum of Art will be the first U.S. museum to present a major exhibition of work by visionary Dutch fashion designer, Iris van Herpen, a cutting-edge artist inspired by diverse influences in the arts, sciences, music, and philosophy. Marking the High’s first presentation of fashion design, “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” features one-of-a-kind haute couture and some of the world’s first examples of 3D printed fashion. The exhibition is co-organized with the Groninger Museum (the Netherlands) and will debut at the High, where it will be on view November 7, 2015 through May 15, 2016, before continuing on a North American tour.

“Iris can Herpen’s work is an incredible fusion of artistic expression, craftsmanship, and creativity,’ said Sarah Schleuning, curator of decorative arts and design at the High. “The marriage of traditional, handcrafted designs and 21st-century technology makes her work innovative, dynamic and a signifier of a bold, new future for fashion design. With this presentation, the High continues to champion the outstanding visionaries who design the world around us.”

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” features forty-five outfits carefully selected from fifteen of van Herpen’s collections designed from 2008 through 2015. Her visually impressive, sculptural designs – often featuring unusual materials such as magnets, umbrella ribs and synthetic boat rigging – create silhouettes that appear organic and futuristic. Her cutting-edge designs have been worn by avant-garde iconoclasts such as Daphne Guinness, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Bjork and has graced the runways of Amsterdam, London and Paris.

Following its presentation at the High, the exhibition will travel to Grand Rapids Art Museum (Fall 2016) and the Dallas Museum of Art (Spring 2017).