Beginning on February 24, Phoenix Art Museum will host the exhibition, Iris van Herpen:
Transforming Fashion, celebrating the career of the Dutch fashion designer. Renowned for her use of 3-D printing, van
Herpen is widely considered one of contemporary fashion’s most progressive creators, and is a favored designer of style
icons, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Björk, Cara Delevingne, and others. The exhibition, Transforming Fashion, is the result
of a collaboration between the Groninger Museum (the Netherlands) and the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Georgia) and
will feature 45 ensembles from 15 collections spanning 2008 to 2015, a selection of van Herpen’s fantastical shoe designs,
and footage from runway shows. Phoenix Art Museum is the western-most and final U.S. destination to host this acclaimed
exhibition, which will be on view in Steele Gallery from February 24 through May 13, 2018.
“We’re delighted to bring the singular vision of Iris van Herpen to Phoenix Art Museum,” said Amada Cruz, the Sybil
Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum. “Her multidisciplinary approach to creation, melding art, science, and
architecture with traditional methods of garment construction, represents a radical, contemporary vision that we’re proud
to host in our Museum. We’re so excited to be able to share the best of international art and fashion with our community,
right in the heart of our city.”
Since her first runway show in 2007, the 33-year-old Dutch designer has made a name for herself within and beyond the
fashion world by combining tradition with radical innovation. Van Herpen is unparalleled in her multidisciplinary approach
to creation; her most prominent collaborators include artists, architects, and scientists such as Philip Beesley, Jólan van der
Wiel, and Bart Hess, as well as teams at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. In 2011, TIME Magazine included her 3-D printed dresses on its list of 50 Best Inventions. Van Herpen is
hailed as a pioneer for her use of 3-D printing as a construction technique and guiding aesthetic principle, utilizing the
technology to create sculptural garments with unfamiliar forms. Her distinct viewpoint has inspired collaborations with
progressive musicians and actresses such as Björk, Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie, and Grimes, and her special projects
include dressing Scarlett Johansson for the film Lucy, creating the dress Beyoncé wore in her “Mine” music video, and
producing Lady Gaga’s ensemble for the launch of her “Fame” fragrance. A former ballet dancer, van Herpen has also
created costumes for the Paris Opera and the New York City Ballet, collaborating with choreographer Benjamin Millepied
(of the 2010 Black Swan film) and the Berlin-based dance company, Sasha Waltz & Guests.
“Iris van Herpen’s unique fusion of technology with couture craftsmanship has made her a pioneer of Paris haute couture
and an undeniable agent of change in the fashion world,” said Dennita Sewell, the Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion
Design. “Her ‘New Couture’ blends the past and future into a distinct vision of the present, and completely reimagines the
possibilities of what fashion can and will become.”
Phoenix Art Museum is the western-most destination on the North American tour of the exhibition, and the last chance to
see these extraordinary collections of futuristic fashions.
About the Exhibition
Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion is co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta and the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands.
The exhibition was curated by Sarah Schleuning, High Museum of Art, and Mark Wilson and Sue-an van der Zijpp, Groninger Museum. It
is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum’s annual fund. For more details about the exhibition, please visit
This special engagement exhibition is free for Museum Members and past and present members of the Military. Admission is offered to
the general public at $5 for all ages, plus general admission (required). During voluntary-donation, free-access times, when general
admission is free of charge, admission is $5. Free-access times include Wednesdays from 3 – 9 pm, the first Fridays of every month from 6
– 10 pm, and the second weekend of each month (Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from Noon – 5pm). For a full breakdown of
general admission prices and hours, please see bit.ly/VisitPhxArt.
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