Iris van Harpen’s Fall Collection At Paris Haute Couture Week 2018: Nature Weaved Into Garbs And Costumes

Biology and Technology- not much of any new analogy. However, the thought of combining organic with inorganic had always seemed to be intriguing. With the infusion of nature in every cell of the human body, creating something nature-like with the help of technology and technique seems to be a wonderful thought.

Iris von Harpen’s “Syntopia”

This is exactly what Iris von Herpen did. The English designer is known to be creative in using unusual materials in her designer clothes. Her new fall collection, showcased at Paris Haute Couture Week 2018, was a combination of man-made stuff and natural biology. She called her show “Syntopia”. A place where two species live in synchronization. Where two beings coexist. Doesn’t it sound enthralling and dreamy?

The designer tailored her dresses to reproduce the motion of birds. She used kinetic lighting to allude to the audience of the visual of feathers of birds and sound waves produced during their flight.

 “For this collection I looked closely at the minutiae of bird flight and the intricate echoing forms within avian motion.”

With the help of two artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijin of Studio Draft, Herpen made the whole set look mesmerizing with an aura of ethereality. She had the artist duo installed rows of 20 delicate suspended glass bars. With their movement, she actually became successful in replicating the semblance of birds flying. Moreover, she used pleated designs forged from liquid coated silk organza, and acrylic sheets for the costumes to make it seem all too real. Also, leather tassels on the hems of grey coats looked to be hovering amid digital and tradition weaves. The models with a short haircut walked in the dark background and looked to be some unearthly beings.

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The designer also used an approach from the Victorian era, called Chronophotography. This technique seizes a single action in many frames. This made the dresses in black cotton, red organza, and whatnot to appear in multiple layers of feathers.  Herpen explained the use of this technique in these words,

“By slowing down time into split seconds, I started breaking down the usual draping of fabric, to then layer the milliseconds all slightly shifted, like the layering of a bird’s feather.”

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Let us know your views on this beautiful and spell-binding theme displayed at Paris Haute Couture Week 2018 in the comments!

Hunia Yousuf is a medical (MBBS) student and a psychiatry aspirant. She is a self proclaimed extroverted-introvert. While casually reading (more like breathing) fiction, she learnt to generate characters of her own and weave them into a plot for her own pleasure.

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