Syntopia is the latest haute couture collection from Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen. The line of beautifully pleated garments explores the increasing convergence of our organic bodies and inorganic elements of technology, while also incorporating designs inspired by birds in flight.
“As a former dancer, the transformation within movement has hypnotized me,” explained van Herpen in a statement about Syntopia. “For this collection I looked closely at the minutiae of bird flight and the intricate echoing forms within avian motion.”
Transparent silk organza was pleated and liquid-coated for several of the collection’s pieces. This technique slowed down the movement of the garment, more closely imitating the flapping pattern of a bird’s wings. This was also the inspiration for the show’s kinetic installation, made in collaboration with Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift(previously). The work, “In 20 Steps,” was formed from twenty delicate glass tubes which peaked and bowed in succession, moving in synchronicity with the models down the runway.[…]