By Mark Svendsen | Posted on January 27th, 2020
The news is out!
Iris Van Herpen X Shelee Carruthers
Sensory Seas Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week 2020.
What a way to make an international debut!
For this collection, Iris van Herpen draws inspiration from the sensory processes that occur between the intricate composition of the human body, mirrored with the fibrous marine ecology of our oceans. The first threads of inspiration came from the Spanish neuroanatomist Ramón y Cajal. He wanted to uncover something that no one had yet understood. He questioned; how does the brain engage in conversation with its counterparts? Exploring our central nervous system in microscopic detailing, Cajal documented his revolutionary findings through anatomical drawings that are considered amongst the world’s greatest scientific illustrations. Hunched over his microscope, he merged science with art and brought to life the threads of our enchanted biology to the
human eye. Other inspiration stemmed from diving into the deep depths of the Hydrozoa, a class of delicately branched sea-life organisms. Shifting between a polypoid stage and a medusa stage, the Hydrozoa embroider the oceans like aqueous fabrics, forming layers of living lace. ‘Sensory seas’ holds a microscope over the indelible nuances between the anthropology of a marine organism, to the role of dendrites and synapses delivering infinite signals throughout our bodies. It enchants the attention of how two processes of torrential messaging exist in an uninterrupted state of flux. The collection consists 21 silhouettes that illustrate a portrait of liquid labyrinths, where dresses spill onto the floor in elegant train and pigments gather in cloudedpools of blues and lilac, leaking into one another like marble.
Runway video by Blitzkickers
Press: Alexandre Malgouyres | KCD Paris
Styling: Patti Wilson
Special thanks to collaborating Artist: Paul Friedlander
Collaborating Artists: Philip Beesley, Shelee Carruthers, Duke Morse, Perry Hall
Show Production: SixUp Paris | N6
Casting: Maida Gregori Boina | Maxime Valentini | Caroline Mauger
Footwear Collaboration: Trippen
Light Design: Stefan Prokop
Make-up: Chiao Li Hsu & the MAC PRO Team
Hair: Martin Cullen & Björn Axén | The Wall Group
Choreography: Diek Pothoven
Music Direction: Salvador Breed
Joep Beving & Maarten Vos – Apophis (Henosis – Deutsche Grammophon)
Kuedo – Bend Moon (Slow Knife – Planet mu Records)
Process Video: Jip Mus
First Look Videography: Matthew Sperzel
Frontstage Photography: Gio Staiano
Backstage Photography: Molly SJ Lowe, Schohaja
Press Release: Scarlett Baker
Illustrations Artwork: Nastya Kuzmina
Invitation Artwork: Takahiro Kurashima and Yanis Georges
Image Credit:Shelee Carruthers