Runway Rundown: Iris Van Herpen’s Magnificent Fall 2011 Couture Show

You look at enough couture shows and you often think, “Wow, that dress costs a ton of money because it actually required 100 hours of hand beading in a little atelier somewhere” or “That suit is made of ostrich skin, that is a very expensive material.” …But then you come across something like Dutch designer Iris van Herpen’s Fall 2011 couture collection and you think, “This person actually sees the world a different way.” And it’s awesome.

Herpen, who has worked with McQueen,* employs “3D rapid laser prototyping techniques” to achieve her astonishing looks. See them all ahead.

*Don’t these remind you of his armadillo shoes?

(Gallery images via WWD, thumbs via Getty)

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    • T.Smith

      These seem like potential outfits for Lady Gaga. Awesome :)

    • sarahnoid

      Want. Those. Shoes. (And yes, they remind me of the Armadillos. Which is why I want them.)

    • Mae

      Every single outfit blows my mind. Those are such amazing pieces of art. I love them all! But the 12th piece, the one that looks like water splashing, I don’t even know what to say other than it’s incredible!

    • Daisy

      One of my friends actually worked with her on that last one, the white dress. It was 3D printed. Most of these pieces really blow my mind.

    • eliza

      they are so beautifull i saw it today in antwerp at sien in real for the first time so amazing