Iris Van Herpen’s future-forward dresses on display in downtown Bangkok

Christina Aguilera wears a blue dress inspired by the ocean from Iris Van Herpen’s Sensory Seas collection. Image: DisneyMusicVEVO / YouTube
Christina Aguilera wears a blue dress inspired by the ocean from Iris Van Herpen’s Sensory Seas collection. Image: DisneyMusicVEVO / YouTube

Those who want to see the avant garde high fashion of Dutch design house Iris Van Herpen with their own eyes can do so now through mid-May at a luxe downtown shopping mall – for free.

An exhibition of dresses from three haute couture collections by the brand, which is known for combining innovative materials and technologies with artisan craftsmanship, is open to the public until May 16 on the second floor of the Central Embassy mall, near Chidlom skywalk entrance. The designer has also opened a pop-up store there, its first in Asia.

It’s worth noting that one of the dresses on display was worn by American diva Christina Aguilera in her Reflection music video made for Disney’s live action Mulan (2020).

On display are three runway pieces and a few accessories from collections Van Herpen created in the past five years. The garments will be rotated every month until the exhibition ends, according to staff, and everything shown is for sale.  

Iris Van Herpen, the young designer who leads the label, was founded in 2007 in Amsterdam. In 2010, she became the first designer to bring 3D-printed, polyamide garments to the runway, which Time magazine honored as one of 50 best innovations of the year. Her works have been shown at museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. 

Iris Van Herpen’s orbit gown from her 2019 Hypnosis haute couture collection is made from organza that simulates the texture of wind. The structure giving the 3D illusion are fine metals cut extra thin. It is on sale for about THB2.3 million (US,900).
Iris Van Herpen’s orbit gown from her 2019 Hypnosis haute couture collection is made from organza that simulates the texture of wind. The structure giving the 3D illusion are fine metals cut extra thin. It is on sale for about THB2.3 million (US$73,900).

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