Iris Van Herpen x Russell Maliphant

Visible and invisible forces, liquid darkness and dazzling light envelop a mysterious, suspended form

Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen is renowned for the innovation and craftsmanship of her fabrics, and for incorporating technology into her work and presentations. Her consistently modern approach to fashion, art and technology has defined her as a pioneer of the avant-garde across all three disciplines and she was the first designer to bring 3D-printed garments to the runway. An early passion for dance ignited an ongoing engagement with the arts, and, since founding her eponymous label in 2007, she has collaborated with leading choreographers including Benjamin Millepied and Nanine Linning.

Russell Maliphant is a celebrated choreographer/director and performer. He is Associate Artist at Sadler's Wells, the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and is known for pioneering collaborations with some of the biggest names in dance, notably Sylvie Guillem. He has previously collaborated with Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones on a music video for U.N.K.L.E and the film adaptation of his Rodin Project, and with director Laura Falconer on the short film, Flow, which also featured a dress by Iris van Herpen.

Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones began working together in 1998, and have since produced unforgettable photo stories, installations and videos with some of the world’s most respected and innovative creatives, from Björk to Alexander McQueen. The two strive to combine surrealist fantasy with classic beauty, seeking to find, in their words, “those moments that are almost memories”.