Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

May 21, 2017 to August 20, 2017
| Hoffman Galleries

Experience the bold vision of one of today's most original fashion designers with 45 exquisite outfits from 15 collections in Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. 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 is known for her willingness to experiment—exploring new fabrics created manipulating iron filings in resin, incorporating unexpected materials ranging from umbrella tines to magnets, and pushing the boundaries of technologies such as 3-D printing. Her work has been worn by style icons such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Björk and has graced the runways of Amsterdam, London and Paris. 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.


View more runway footage here

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion will require a $16.00 special exhibition ticket with discounts for seniors, students, and military. DMA Members and children 11 and under are free.


Gallery Talks

Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.

Grab a bite of insight and join DMA staff, artists, and local scholars to explore the Museum's collection and exhibitions during weekly lunchtime gallery talks.


Teen Homeschool Workshop: Statement Fashion

Friday, May 26, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Our taste in fashion changes daily, but designer Iris van Herpen knows how to make a statement! Using unconventional materials and new technology, van Herpen expresses her unique artistic vision by making art you can wear. In this workshop, design your own statement piece that shows the world what you're made of. Ages 13–19; all materials provided, and no prior experience necessary.


Arturo's Art & Me: Shaping Fashion

June 3, 7, or 8, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Arturo's Art & Me is for 3-5 year olds and requires advance registration. Click on the event for additional information.

In June, step into the world of fashion and learn about the unconventional materials and shapes used by fashion designer Iris van Herpen. Then "make it work" in your own design challenge in the studio!


Off the Wall

Second Thursdays, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Off the Wall takes an unexpected look at the Museum’s collection with a pop culture twist. Join us on June 8 to experience a night all about the fashions that make our collection fierce!


Late Night Film: The First Monday in May

Friday, July 21, 10:30 p.m.

In the ultimate fusion of art and fashion, The First Monday in May takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Met Gala and corresponding fashion exhibition. Much like the work of Iris van Herpen, whose designs were featured in a 2016 exhibition and Gala, the documentary illustrates the blurred lines between contemporary couture fashion and art object.