The City is definitely making the most of the popularity of “fashion” exhibitions that Plein les yeux ! Le spectacle de la mode enjoyed at the beginning of the year, and which Iris van Herpen has been enjoying since 11 June.
The extensive press coverage, especially abroad but also widely online, is proof of the enthusiasm of the general public, specialist schools and professionals alike for Iris van Herpen’s work.
In response to requests for unaccompanied and guided tours as well as workshops on the exhibition, the City is giving its visitors the chance to come and admire the astounding creations of the fashion prodigy until 13 April 2014.
At just 29 years of age, this young Dutch stylist has already made an impression on minds and podiums with futuristic creations akin to sculpture. By exhibiting some thirty pieces made between 2008 and 2012, the International City of Lace and Fashion invites visitors to venture into the avant-garde world of this ultra-talented young fashion designer!
Iris van Herpen, a young Dutch creator, has well and truly burst upon the scene of Haute-Couture. In the wake of Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan and Rei Kawakubo, her sculptural, innovative dresses play a full part in the vitality of a conceptual style that questions the creative process and the interaction between the garment and the person who wears it.
After studying at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem (Netherlands) and under Alexander McQueen, Iris van Herpen set up her highly personal creative approach which blends traditional know-how with innovative technological research. Invited to the Parisian cat walks since July 2011 by the prestigious Chambre syndicale de la Haute-Couture, Iris van Herpen creates subtly beautiful, poetic and disorientating clothing. Its sculptural forms, enriched with shimmering and volumes with pronounced effects, places it halfway between Haute-Couture and contemporary art. For all that, van Herpen’s objective dose indeed seem to be design fashion that will be worn by as many people as possible, inspired by their very aspirations.
The exhibition ‘Iris van Herpen’ was organized by the Groninger Museum in Groningen, Netherlands. Its run in Calais is one of the flagship events of the CRYSALIS project, an EU programme dedicated to textile innovation. As such, the exhibition will receive financial support from the European Union via the Interreg IVa 2 Seas European Fund for Cross-Border Cooperation.
Visuel : © Fred Collier | Ville de Calais
Information and enquiries:
- Exhibition on show from 15th June to 31st December 2013.
- Free admission as part of the European CRYSALIS project devoted to textile innovation.
- tel.: +33 (0)3 21 00 42 30