Iris van Herpen, the Alexander McQueen of tech geeks, is set unveil her first big solo show at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands.
The annoyingly young Dutch fashion designer has blown away everyone—us included—by fusing traditional couture and rapid-prototyping technologies in garments that are either clothes masquerading as sculptures or sculptures masquerading as clothes. (Gaga, needless to say, is a fan.)
The fashion commentariat is proclaiming Iris Van Herpen the next Alexander McQueen. With Capriole, her Fall/Winter 2011-12 collection, it’s easy to see why. Revealed at the hyper-exclusive Paris Couture Show this summer, the 27-year-old Dutch fashion designer’s line packed the runway with so many showstoppers — from a tube dress that looked like it was frozen in ice to a frightening minidress crawling with slithery, Medusian coils — it could’ve knocked Anna Wintour’s sunglasses right off her helmet head.
The future of fashion has arrived, and it comes straight out of the printer. Exhibit A: The new collection from Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, which throws rapid-prototyping onto the catwalk, with scaly minis and sculptural ruffles that could pass for something Marie Antoinette might've worn on the set of Blade Runner.