Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses Exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs

January 11, 2024

Fashion & Technology

Embark on a sensory odyssey at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs from 29 November 2023 to 28 April 2024, as the groundbreaking exhibition "Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses" unfolds. Celebrating the avant-garde vision of fashion maestro Iris van Herpen, this showcase defies conventions by melding traditional Couture craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies.

Iris van Herpen, a luminary in the realm of fashion, has not only redefined haute couture but has also positioned herself as a trailblazer in merging fashion with technology. Her avant-garde approach incorporates 3D printing, laser cutting, and other innovative techniques, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of apparel.

From the microscopic to the monumental, the exhibition questions our perception of the body's place in space, its dynamic connection to attire, and its evolution in our ever-changing world. Over a hundred haute couture masterpieces by Iris van Herpen engage in a visual dialogue with contemporary artworks from luminaries such as Philip Beesley, Wim Delvoye, Kate McCwire, and others. A fusion of fashion and art seamlessly intersects with the natural sciences, showcasing skeletons, fossils, and historical artifacts, curated within the Christine & Stephen A. Schwarzman Galleries.

Curated by the insightful Cloé Pitiot and assistant curator Louise Curtis, the exhibition's immersive experience is brought to life by the artistic mastery of Studio Nathalie Crinière. An exploration of the senses, both tactile and conceptual, awaits visitors in this unparalleled tribute to the boundary-defying world of Iris van Herpen.

Known for her fascination with the intersection of science and fashion, Iris van Herpen draws inspiration from diverse sources, including biology, physics, and technology. Her designs often evoke a sense of otherworldliness, blurring the lines between fashion and art. This exhibition serves as a testament to her innovative spirit, showcasing over a decade of her groundbreaking work alongside other artistic expressions.


Venue: Musée des Arts Décoratifs

107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

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