Iris van Herpen‘s reputation for unconventional design was on full display during her fashion presentation at this year’s Paris Couture Week. Using unusual materials and technology to create kinetic works of art that vibrate and sparkle, the Dutch designer channeled the work of Anthony Howe, the American artist known for large-scale mobiles, and whose “Omniverse” sculpture hung above the runway at the Élysée Montmartre in Paris.
For her Fall 2019 couture collection, aptly titled “Hypnosis,” van Herpen mesmerized showgoers with 19 dresses that moved with the wind, flouncing as models walked the runway. “The collection is a hypnotic visualization of nature’s tapestry, the symbiotic cycles of our biosphere that interweave the air, land, and oceans,” van Herpen says. “It also reflects the ongoing dissection of the rhythms of life and resonates with the fragility within these interwoven worlds.”