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?

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