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Art As Fashion::Fashion As Art – Iris Van Herpen

July 26, 2017 , In: General

I was lucky enough to catch the *last day* of the Iris Van Herpen show at the Carnegie Museum of Art here in Pittsburgh over the winter. I had never heard of her before, as I’m not really a fashion-forward type of person, but had seen ads and heard the buzz about her show. I was not disappointed. Warning – this post is long and heavy on amazing photos!

If you don’t know her, Iris Van Herpen is a young Dutch fashion designer, based in Amsterdam, who is said to be “a pioneering new voice in fashion.” Her work is primarily shown in museums, although she does participate in the twice-yearly Paris fashion show. Her work includes very interesting materials, such as polymers, metal and chain. This show included collections of her work from 2008 to 2015. Initially I wasn’t going to take photos of each item, but as you read this post, you’ll see why I had to!

When you walk into the show, the first series you see is Refinery Smoke, and by the photos you can see why! The dresses are very striking – she used a metal gauze to fashion the dresses. It would not do this post justice if I did not include the exhibit descriptions for you to read, so after each collage I’ll post those as well!


As you continue through the show, all of the sections show three creations – I’m including the collages I made and the descriptions below. These pieces are all actually shown in fashion shows in Paris!















And what show would be complete without shoes?

I know this has been a long post, but if you don’t get an opportunity to see this show, at least you get to experience it through my photos and the I think it’s really important to be able to read the descriptions of her body of work as well.  I for one was stunned at the art that goes into her work – I think my favorites are the ones where she uses polymers to create the dress, but Refinery Smoke is stunning as well!  Which are your favorites?

Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy Susan, the owner of SueBeads, started making glass beads in 2005 because she loved lampworked beads so much, but wanted to make her own instead of buying them on ebay! She also makes enameled components and dabbles in polymer clay, but her first love is glass. She has attended jewelry-making classes at ArtBLISS and has taken classes from Barbara Lewis (torch fired enameling) in addition to several classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
    • Kelly Rodgers
    • July 27, 2017

    Okay I know I am a day late and a dollar short on commenting here but dang…I want to blow these pictures up about a million times so I can see more detail – incredible, inspiring art! Thank you for sharing!

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