August 19, 2017 — geekday
(CNN)“I will show you the dragon skin dress.”
Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen walks through her Amsterdam-based studio to reveal a piece of clothing that both looks and sounds, almost magical.
Van Herpen’s pieces are not only impressive on a surface level — from the fabrics used to the mode of construction. In dresses that look like bone, or water frozen in time, the technological methods are matched by imagination and creativity.
“I definitely think being in contact with scientists and people that are really specialized in technology opens up my world of thinking, and I can create different structures than I would if I had been in my own bubble,” she says.
“I think once you isolate technology, on its own it becomes a very cold medium. But technology is handled by people, so all that matters is what you do with it.”
Watch the video above for a look inside Iris van Herpen’s high-tech studio. Her work will appear in Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.