Iris van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984) works at the nexus of fashion, design, technology, and science. With a dynamic and path-breaking body of work, she is widely heralded as a pioneering new voice in fashion. She produced her first collection in 2007, shortly after graduating from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in the Netherlands. Based primarily in Amsterdam, away from the Parisian world of haute couture (she has been a member of the Chambre Syndicale de Haute Couture since 2012), van Herpen divides her time among the contained world of her studio, her global network of collaborators, and the international stage of fashion, where her designs regularly appear in biannual Paris runway shows. Fashion is about quick deadlines, international platforms, and a voracious need for the next new thing. It is a discipline that requires tremendous creative energy to constantly produce and perform. Van Herpen is known for her willingness to experiment—exploring new fabrics created by blending steel with silk or iron filings with resin, incorporating unexpected materials ranging from umbrella tines to magnets, and pushing the boundaries of technologies such as 3-D printing. Van Herpen has created a body of work that continues to defy expectation, evolving and forging new ideas and inspirations based both in nature and in visions of the contemporary world. The resulting works, defined within the fashion world as couture, are typically collected and shown in museums, viewed more often as fine art than as design-forward wearables. This exhibition documents the evolution of Iris van Herpen’s couture through a selection of her collections from 2008 through 2015 and illustrates the many ways she continues to seek inspiration beyond the world of traditional handwork and craftsmanship. "Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion" is co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands; photography by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios. The exhibition is currently on a North American tour with stops at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Oct. 23, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Feb. 4 – May 1, 2017; the Dallas Museum of Art, May 21 – Aug. 20, 2017; the Cincinnati Museum of Art, Oct. 14, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018; the Phoenix Art Museum, Feb. 4 – May 6, 2018; and the Royal Ontario Museum, June – Aug., 2018.