Queen City fashionistas, if you haven’t yet stopped by to see the latest fashion exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum, what are you waiting for?
Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion opened on October 13 and explores the work of the revolutionary Dutch fashion designer of the same name. Recently we were treated to a tour and were completely awed by what we saw.
Credited with being the first person to use 3-D printing in fashion design, Van Herpen is truly at the forefront of fashion innovation. Her sculptural designs take their inspiration from natural forms such as animals, landscapes, smoke, and clouds. Using diverse and unique materials from industrial yarn to woven metal to transparent acrylic, she creates pieces that are beautiful, challenging, kinetic, tactile, and surreal.
Her designs are both art and marvels of engineering. Van Herpen designed couture for the likes of Bjork, Tilda Swinton, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce. And it isn’t just clothes—in addition to 45 outfits from 15 of her collections, the exhibit also features several pairs of the most far-out, cutting-edge shoes you will ever see.
At once earthy and futuristic, Van Herpen’s creations simply have to be seen in person to be fully grasped. The exhibit has lots of interesting features, including video of runway shows (yes, these pieces are actually wearable!) and Van Herpen creating her “Crystallization” dress live on camera, giving a rare view of the artist at work. Our favorite part of the exhibit was the interactive room, where visitors can actually touch examples of the material Van Herpen uses in her work.
The exhibit is a truly thrilling multi-sensory experience for visitors of all ages. CAM has many special events planned in tandem with it, including November’s installment of “Art After Dark” on Wednesday, November 22, where visitors will be treated to the usual fabulous drinks and bites, along with free admission, and music from Black Signal and DJ Mowgli.
Check out the gallery to see some of these amazing pieces, and get to the CAM ASAP to experience them in person!
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Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion will be on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum until January 7, 2018. For more information, visit the website.