Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen proves innovation and intricacy can lift fashion architecture to new heights with the avant-garde visionary masterpiece seen in her SS2011 collection, Crystallization. Conceptualizing the art of liquid transformation, the integration of rubber, metallic, mesh, and countless strips of leather certainly create an intriguing symmetry that appears destined for runways and enchanting ice kingdoms alike.
Iris has been quoted saying, "I’m fascinated by the fact that secret lines are hidden in fully transparent and fluid materials. At the moment this material freezes (when the crystal arises) this comes to life. It’s then that the symmetry and structure underneath become visible."
As for taking these pieces from runway to reality, I think the contradiction of structure and fluidity of such beautifully handcrafted garments is something that can be dubbed more artful than wearable. And in this case, that's fine with me.
Article and image collage: Bella Harris
Image credit: Peter Stigter
Shoes: Iris Van Herpen x United Nude