Dress, from Wilderness Embodied Couture collection, 2013
Van Herpen is known for experimenting with beauty, technology, and the human body. She often collaborates with artists from other disciplines. She worked with Jólan van der Wiel to design this prickly, primordial dress (and matching pair of shoes) using van der Wiel’s gravity machine, a device that harnesses the forces of gravity and magnetism to create wildly irregular composite materials from iron filings and resin.
It is credited
Courtesy of Iris van Herpen.
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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.