Iris Van Herpen lucid dreams


Iris Van Herpen can’t do anything wrong. Every collection she shows the public always seems new and unseen before, and she puts on quite the spectacle in the process.

Van Herpen showed a collection which embodies lucid dreaming, a world “between reality and dreaming” and showed the collection in such a way that would let the viewer see it all in their own way, at their own pace, as well as to give him a platform to understand it in their own mind. 

▽ The details

Two dresses were made using 3-D printers (one from 5,000 disparate pieces), and a few others, created in collaboration with the architect Philip Beesley, combined laser-cut hexagonal discs with plastic tubing like new-fashioned chain-mail armor. Other softer dresses, in plissés of plissés, swirled in arabesques around the shoulders and hips.

▽ The show

Her work is art and her mind is an endless creative machine. The Dutch designer “presented her Fall collection through a living portrait in which models performed in front of giant optical light screens. Used in television technology, the thin screens acted as both mirror and window, reflecting a doubled image that shifted depending on the model’s position and the viewer’s point of view” (, 2016). The effects of the light reverberating off the clothes were mesmerising.

▽ Lucid – a film in collaboration with SHOWstudio

Iris Van Herpen has been collaborating with SHOWstudio for quite a while now, and this time, a collaboration with Nick Knight and stylist Amanda Harlech was arranged to produce a fashion film featuring her A/W 16 designs. The collection explores the concept of lucid dreaming, where the dreamer is conscious of the dream state and therefore is able to exert a degree of control on what is happening.

  • Direction: Nick Knight
  • Styling: Amanda Harlech
  • Fashion: Iris van Herpen A/W 16
  • Creative Consultancy: Jerry Stafford
  • Model: Holly May
  • Set Designer: Andrew Tomlinson
  • Make-Up: Andrew Gallimore / Hair: Lok Lau / Make-Up Assistance: Ana Fry / Hair Assistance: Tomoyo and Ama Quashie  / 
  • Photographic Assistance: Markn Ogue, Britt Lloyd, James Stopforth and Tom Alexander / Production Assistance: Clio Cooper and Joe O’Brien
  • Digital Operation: Joe Colley
  • Film Edit: Younji Ku
  • Soundtrack: Salvador Breed and Stijn van Beek

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