Iris van Herpen Launches First Ready-To-Wear Collection: Phy-tha-go-rash

Couturier Iris van Herpen is finally embarking on her first ready-to-wear collection, after being a guest member of the Chambre syndicale de la Haute Couture since July 2011. Van Herpen is always at the forefront of technology and innovation and her latest offerings are no exception, inspired by the Pythagoras tree.


Van Herpen is aiming to add functionality to her avant-garde designs with blouses, coats, dresses, knits, pants, skirts and even three shoe styles, bringing an everyday element to couture sensibility.

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The palette is fairly dark, consisting of aubergine, black, copper, cream, nude and olive. Where the pieces really play is with the materials: alpaca, angora wool, cashmere, goat suede and leather, laser-cut plexiglass, metal snake chains and so much more.

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The brand’s Spring 2013 “Voltage” show was the first of its kind, featuring the first-ever flexible 3D printed dress. Van Herpen wants to bring this idea to a larger audience: the flexible 3D printed jackets of the Phy-tha-go-rash collection will be produced by adapting a 3D modeling tool of each body with special software. These pieces will be exclusively available online. Pretty exciting no?

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