The unreality of seeing
For her Lucid collection, presented in Paris on March 8th, 2016, the Dutch designer Iris van Herpen explores the concept of lucid dreaming. Within a lucid dream, the dreamer is conscious of the dream
state and therefore is able to exert a degree of control on what is happening.
Both the models and the audience are mirrored as one in the show space, creating a close-up and intimate experience that is amplified by seventeen large optical light screens (OLF). Depending on the viewing angle, movement and proximity to the sheets, the perception of the audience that view the models is continuously shifted and deluded to reflect the fine line between reality and unreality. The visual alienation of the OLF was influential to van Herpen her design process.
Continuing van Herpen’s vigor of fusing technology with handcraft, the collection features two 3D printed Magma dresses that are combining flexible TPU printing, creating a fine web together with polyamide printing. One of the dresses is stitched from 5,000 3D printed elements.
The Aero shoes in collaboration with Finsk, are made from wood, laser-cut leather and an ultra-thin transparent acrylic heel that separate the sole and the upper, creating a hovering look.
Press: Nicolas Delarue | Karla Otto Paris
Styling: Patti Wilson
Casting: Maida Boina
Collaborating artist: Philip Beesley
Creative consultant: Jerry Stafford
Choreography: Blanca Li
Make-up: Isamaya Ffrench | MAC
Hair: Maria Kovacs, Marco Lafrate | TiGI
3D printing in collaboration with Niccolo Casas
Shoes in collaboration with Julia Lundsten | FINSK
Press release: Eugene Rabkin & Jerry Stafford
Light design: Jurjen Hesseling & Stefan Prokop | Jurlights
Backstage photography: Morgan O'Donovan
Video registration: Fabrice Daville | Premices Films
Music: Salvador Breed
Including track 'Angelus' by Leon Michener
Show production: SixUp Paris | N6
Show direction: Kim Vos | Bdifferent
Frontstage Photography: Peter Stigter
Special Thanks to:
Nick Knight & Charlotte Knight | ShowStudio
Michelle den Hollander & Diek Pothoven
Alla Polozenko & Mona Sweeney