In the first part of 2011 Iris van Herpen became a guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture – a prestigious honor achieved by just a few fashion designers.   The first collection by van Herpen in her new role was Capriole, presented in July 2011 during the Paris Haute Couture Week.  The collection featured 6 new pieces in addition to highlights from van Herpen’s past collections.

The single new 3D printed piece to enter this collection was a result of a collaboration with Isaie Bloch, a Belgian Computer Graphics artist and architect, as well as a continued collaboration with .MGX by Materialise.  

While maintaining the lightness of the earlier pieces, the “Skeleton Dress” has an organic feel while at the same time recalling the look of supportive undergarments of years past.   The stiffness and flowing yet harsh look of the dress contrasts strikingly agains the human form.  This dress was once again created using SLS process in polyamide.

Iris van Herpen Capriole July 2011

Iris van Herpen “Capriole” Skeleton Dress July 2011

Iris van Herpen Cariole June 2011

Iris van Herpen “Cariole” Skeleton Dress July 2011

Iris van Herpen Capriole June 2011

Iris van Herpen “Capriole” Skeleton Dress July 2011

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In the first part of 2011 Iris van Herpen became a guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture - a prestigious honor achieved by just a few fashion designers.   The first collection by van Herpen in her new role was Capriole, presented in July 2011...