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Published on Jan 23, 2019
On January 21st, 2019, Iris van Herpen presented her latest Haute Couture collection, titled 'Shift Souls' at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
The collection was inspired by early examples of celestial cartography and its representations of mythological and astrological chimera, Van Herpen was particularly taken with "Harmonia Macrocosmica," a star atlas by the German-Dutch cartographer Andreas Cellarius, published in 1600.
With the advances in DNA engineering and the first successful creations of human/anima hybrids called 'Cybrids', the mythological dreams of Humankind since the dawn of civilization are shifting to the canvas of science. While the scientific and ethical implications of 'Cybrids' are still unclear, this collection expresses the fact that this reality is upon us.
"For 'Shift Souls' I looked at the evolution of the human shape, its idealization through time and the hybridization of the female forms within mythology. Specially the imagination and the fluidity within identity change in Japanese mythology gave me the inspiration to explore the deeper meaning of identity and how immaterial and mutable it can become within the current coalescence of our digital bodies” — Iris van Herpen
Runway video by Blitzkickers
CREDITS Press: Nicolas Delarue | Karla Otto Styling: Patti Wilson Casting: Maida Gregori Boina | Maxime Valentini | Caroline Mauger Collaborating Artists: Kim Keever Nick Verstand Philip Beesley Mask Collaboration: Zjenja Doubrovski & Bas de Jong | TU Delft Light Design: Stefan Prokop | JUR Make-up: Terry Barber & the MAC PRO Team Hair: Martin Cullen | Streeters
Music selection: Salvador Breed Including tracks: Martin roth - an analog guy in a digital world Anxur - Volo 2 Oklou - Silicium Low - Dancing and blood
Choreography: Diek Pothoven Press release: Eugene Rabkin & Jerry Stafford Show production: Jonas Kraft | POPKRAFT, Michelle den Hollander | Good Mood Productions, SixUp Paris | N6 Frontstage Photography: Gio Staiano Backstage Photography: Molly SJ Lowe, Morgan O'Donovan Process video: Arjen van Eijk | Xinix Films Drone video: Marinus van Vliet & Matthijs van der Velden | Cineshoots Illustrations and Invitation Artwork: Nastya Kuzmina Online teaser: Esteban Diácono Manicure: Jessica Scholten | OPI Nederland
SPECIAL THANKS TO Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode Sarah Moon Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi Tim van Vliet | Cineshoots Kamiel Rongen | Waterballet Davy Hezemans & Daan Berkhoff | Spice PR Atelier Néerlandais