The International Centre for Lace and Fashion in Calais, France, is displaying an exhibition on the work of Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen between 15 June and 31 December 2013. The exhibition will explore van Herpen’s career by means of 30 sculptural garments created between 2008 and 2012, as well as photographs and films of runway shows.
Iris van Herpen was born in Wamel, The Netherlands, in 1984 and trained at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. In 2008, and after a period of work experience with Alexander McQueen, she set out to develop and explore her unique combination of traditional craftsmanship and technological innovation that made her attain a reputation as the foremost pioneer of 3D printing in the fashion industry. In July 2011, following and invitation by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute-Couture, she showed for the first time during Paris Haute Couture week and in March 2013 she launched her first ready-to-wear line.