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Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion - High Museum of Art

Experience the bold vision of one of today’s most original fashion designers with 45 stunning outfits from 15 collections in Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion—on view for the first time in North America in the High Museum of Art’s fashion debut.

To create this dress’s crater-like topography, van Herpen worked with Dutch artist Jólan van der Wiel. Inspired by physics and gravity, van der Weil developed a material comprising iron filings mixed into molten plastic. Using magnets that attract the metal filaments, he shapes the material into stalagmite-like forms. Van Herpen sought a softer, more flexible version for a collection of dresses, shoes, and accessories. The pair collaborated to create this rubbery, pearlescent substance that could be applied to fabric in small sections and stretched into forms evocative of a lunar landscape.


The Magnetic Moon Dress (Wilderness Embodied collection) is one of the featured outfits for the exhibition.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion - High Museum of Art

Experience the bold vision of one of today’s most original fashion designers with 45 stunning outfits from 15 collections in Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion—on view for the first time in North America in the High Museum of Art’s fashion debut.

To create this dress’s crater-like topography, van Herpen worked with Dutch artist Jólan van der Wiel. Inspired by physics and gravity, van der Weil developed a material comprising iron filings mixed into molten plastic. Using magnets that attract the metal filaments, he shapes the material into stalagmite-like forms. Van Herpen sought a softer, more flexible version for a collection of dresses, shoes, and accessories. The pair collaborated to create this rubbery, pearlescent substance that could be applied to fabric in small sections and stretched into forms evocative of a lunar landscape.


The Magnetic Moon Dress (Wilderness Embodied collection) is one of the featured outfits for the exhibition.