Exploring The Extraordinary Designs Of Dutch Couturier Iris Van Herpen In “Iris Van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” At The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto


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The exhibition Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion at The Royal Ontario Museum explores the extraordinary designs of Dutch couturier, Iris van Herpen, through her 2008-2015 collections that push the boundaries of traditional fashion and craftsmanship.

From metal umbrella ribs and magnets to 3-D printing, van Herpen works with an astonishing array of materials that fuse style with science and inventive technologies to create striking and mystifying haute couture.


“Over the past decade, Iris van Herpen has pushed the boundaries of fashion and craftsmanship with futuristic designs that combine tradition with radical innovation,” said Josh Basseches, the ROM’s Director and CEO. “Heralded as one of the pioneering new voices in fashion, we’re delighted to bring Iris van Herpen’s work to the Museum as we continue to expand our focus on fashion with relevant and contemporary subjects that capture the imagination of our visitors.”

Gracing the runways of Amsterdam, London, and Paris, van Herpen has become the designer of choice for culture-bending style icons such as Beyoncé, Björk, Lady Gaga, and Cara Delevingne. In 2011, Time Magazine hailed van Herpen’s 3-D pieces as among the 50 best inventions, and in 2016, her work stunned crowds at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the record-setting group exhibition Manus x Machina. With designs that have earned international acclaim, her bold creations are at the forefront of experimentation and collaboration.


Accompanying her exhibit is the immersive installation Philip Beesley: Transforming Space. Together, they take you on a captivating exploration beyond fashion into the endless possibilities that come from interweaving design, art, technology and the world around us.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion will be on display from June 2, 2018 to October 8, 2018. Complementary programming will be offered throughout the run of its engagement.

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