Iris van Herpen: Shift Souls Collection


Iris van Herpen drops The 411 on the elegance of a fantasy. Nice collection. Made for the LADIES of course, but it’s still beautiful. 

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On January 21st, 2019, Iris van Herpen presented her latest Haute Couture collection, titled ‘Shift Souls’ at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

The collection was inspired by early examples of celestial cartography and its representations of mythological and astrological chimera, Van Herpen was particularly taken with “Harmonia Macrocosmica,” a star atlas by the German-Dutch cartographer Andreas Cellarius, published in 1600.

With the advances in DNA engineering and the first successful creations of human/anima hybrids called ‘Cybrids’, the mythological dreams of Humankind since the dawn of civilization are shifting to the canvas of science. While the scientific and ethical implications of ‘Cybrids’ are still unclear, this collection expresses the fact that this reality is upon us.

“For ‘Shift Souls’ I looked at the evolution of the human shape, its idealization through time and the hybridization of the female forms within mythology. Specially the imagination and the fluidity within identity change in Japanese mythology gave me the inspiration to explore the deeper meaning of identity and how immaterial and mutable it can become within the current coalescence of our digital bodies” — Iris van Herpen

Runway video by Blitzkickers

Press: Nicolas Delarue | Karla Otto
Styling: Patti Wilson
Casting: Maida Gregori Boina | Maxime Valentini | Caroline Mauger
Collaborating Artists:
Kim Keever
Nick Verstand
Philip Beesley
Mask Collaboration: Zjenja Doubrovski & Bas de Jong | TU Delft
Light Design: Stefan Prokop | JUR
Make-up: Terry Barber & the MAC PRO Team
Hair: Martin Cullen | Streeters

Music selection: Salvador Breed
Including tracks:
Martin roth – an analog guy in a digital world
Anxur – Volo 2
Oklou – Silicium
Low – Dancing and blood

Choreography: Diek Pothoven
Press release: Eugene Rabkin & Jerry Stafford
Show production:
Jonas Kraft | POPKRAFT, Michelle den Hollander | Good Mood Productions, SixUp Paris | N6
Frontstage Photography: Gio Staiano
Backstage Photography: Molly SJ Lowe, Morgan O’Donovan
Process video: Arjen van Eijk | Xinix Films
Drone video: Marinus van Vliet & Matthijs van der Velden | Cineshoots
Illustrations and Invitation Artwork: Nastya Kuzmina
Online teaser: Esteban Diácono
Manicure: Jessica Scholten | OPI Nederland


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