Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion | Level 4, Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costumes, and Roloff Beny Gallery

June 2, 2018 to October 8, 2018


Free for ROM Members

Complementing Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion is the immersive installation Philip Beesley: Transforming Space. Together, they take you on a captivating exploration into design, fashion, technology and the world around us.

Look beyond fashion and explore the endless possibilities that come from interweaving design, art, and technology in Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. Featuring original designs by Dutch designer and couturier, Iris van Herpen, this exhibition explores her 2008-2015 collections that push the boundaries of traditional fashion and craftsmanship.

With designs that have earned international acclaim, van Herpen’s bold creations have been at the forefront of experimentation and collaboration. From metal umbrella ribs and magnets to working with leading architects, engineers and scientists, van Herpen creates extraordinary new shapes using innovative materials and inventive technologies such as 3D printing, to create stunning, mystifying haute couture.

Past collaborations include her work with one of Canada’s most forward-thinking architects, Philip Beesley. Sharing a mutual fascination for materials and structures, van Herpen and Beesley have influenced and contributed to one another’s work to push the boundaries of design and how we think about it. 

Philip Beesley: Transforming Space

Immerse, interact, and imagine in Philip Beesley: Transforming Space.

Can architecture respond, feel, and care? Can it start, in primitive ways, to come alive? Philip Beesley thinks so. Beelsey’s revolutionary approach to structures and space rests within the emerging field of responsive architecture; interactive lighting and sound are combined with kinetic mechanisms to create structures that breathe, shift, and move in relation to the people they surround. Complementing Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, Philip Beesley: Transforming Space is an immersive experience that merges chemistry, artificial intelligence and encompassing soundscapes into a visually stunning, interactive environment.

 ‘Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion’ is co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta and the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands. The exhibition was curated by Sarah Schleuning, High Museum of Art, and Mark Wilson and Sue-an van der Zijpp, Groninger Museum. Philip Beesley: Transforming Space was created by the Living Architecture Systems Group..