Three models float in black space wearing sculptural gowns.
Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses – QAGOMA
Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses – QAGOMA
Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses – QAGOMA
Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses – QAGOMA
Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses – QAGOMA
Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses – QAGOMA

Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses – QAGOMA


Fashion, art, design, science and technology collide in the world of endlessly innovative and internationally acclaimed Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen.

Exclusive to Brisbane, this exhibition is an immersive sensory exploration of her practice with close to 100 garments in conversation with contemporary artworks, natural history specimens and cultural artefacts from which the designer draws inspiration.

Created for the likes of Beyonce, Björk, Cate Blanchett, Lady Gaga and Tilda Swinton, Iris van Herpen’s sculptural silhouettes stem from a deep curiosity about the universe and a highly collaborative approach to haute couture. Her unconventional and dynamic approach to fabrics and techniques combines subtle hand-crafting with sophisticated technologies such as 3D printing to evoke the intricacy and diversity of the natural world, from marine biology to quantum physics.

Curated by Cloé Pitiot and Louise Curtis from Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, in collaboration with Nina Miall and Jacinta Giles from QAGOMA, Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses includes an evocation of the designer’s Amsterdam studio, revealing the stages of a dress in development, and a space dedicated to her fashion shows.

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