Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen has seen her star rise quickly in the fashion world. Graduating from the ArtEZ Institute’s fashion design department in the Netherlands, she started her own fashion brand soon after and became intrigued with the possibilities of 3D printing technology.
Her futuristic work has found inspiration in the natural world, microscopic organisms, extreme mental states, and the grotesque side of fame, using 3D printing to create intricate pieces for these themes. Once an article of clothing is printed for a fashion show, however, she will add her own handwork to give it a more human feel. Without the aid of 3D printers, Van Herpen wouldn’t be able to bring her outlandish designs like the “Claw” platform shoe to life, or use materials like crystal in her latest “Hacking Infinity” collection. Below, you’ll find more details about Van Herpen and her design contemporaries, who are setting trends with 3D-printed work.
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