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Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion (touring)

Start Date 21 May 2017
End Date 20 August 2017
Venue Dallas Museum of Art
Location Dallas, USA
Curator Sarah Schleuning, High Museum of Art, and Mark Wilson and Sue-an van der Zijpp, Groninger Museum
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins

Experience the bold vision of one of today’s most original fashion designers with 45 exquisite outfits from 15 collections in Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. Van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984) works at the nexus of fashion, design, technology, and science. With a dynamic and path-breaking body of work, she is widely heralded as a pioneering new voice in fashion. She is known for her willingness to experiment—exploring new fabrics created manipulating iron filings in resin, incorporating unexpected materials ranging from umbrella tines to magnets, and pushing the boundaries of technologies such as 3-D printing. Her work has been worn by style icons such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Björk and has graced the runways of Amsterdam, London and Paris. This exhibition documents the evolution of Iris van Herpen’s couture through a selection of her collections from 2008 through 2015 and illustrates the many ways she continues to seek inspiration beyond the world of traditional handwork and craftsmanship.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion is co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta and the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands. The exhibition was curated by Sarah Schleuning, High Museum of Art, and Mark Wilson and Sue-an van der Zijpp, Groninger Museum. Support for this exhibition has generously been provided by Creative Industries Fund NL. The local presentation is made possible by the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association and the “Transformers”—a dedicated group of generous supporters of the exhibition. Special thanks to Catherine and Will Rose, Deedie Rose, Nancy Carlson, Claire Dewar, Laura and Walter Elcock, Marguerite Hoffman and Tom Lentz, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Peggy Sewell, Sharon and Michael Young, Zoe and David Bonnette, Mary Cook, Melissa Fetter, Sallie and Cavan Groves, Muffin Lemak, Margot Perot, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Selwyn Rayzor and Rich Moses, Gowri and Alex Sharma, Gloria McCall Snead, and Christen Wilson. Additional support provided by Stella Artois, the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Dallas, Forty Five Ten, and PaperCity Magazine.

Image © Dallas Museum of Art, photographer Tamytha Cameron.