Spring 2019 Haute Couture: Iris van Herpen's ‘Shift Souls'

Iris Van Herpen’s dramatic, yet still wearable collection, was inspired by celestial cartography and astrological chimera.

Designs included barely there organza printed with the liquid clouds of New York-based artist Kim Keever, voluminous sculptural dresses that resembled hybrid butterflies and were created out of cartographic-like layering of gradient dyed silks, and an optical illusion dress that seemed to hover around the body through the use of the designer’s ‘Galactic glitch' technique that heat binds cloud-printed silk to mylar and is then laser cut to create the finest lace that form ‘harmonica waves’ to create the optical echoing effect as the wearer moves.