Orchestra of clothes performance
Iris van Herpen
Fascinated by the relationship and potential porosity between the senses, Iris Van Herpen has developed clothes that generate sounds by touch.
“‘Embossed Sounds’ is the name of her orchestra of human touch which explore garments as electronic instruments that one can touch and play. By touching the clothes, music is sculpted live by the models for their audience in an intimate performance.
Touch sensitive and sensual audio waves threading and weaving over the body creating an intricate sonic web.
The collection plays on a visual duality, ambiguity, combining the ethereal feminine softness of plissé with the flick knife and swagger of the underground rebel biker : embossed leather silhouettes embellished with laser cut lacquer leather laces, braiding techniques, and black mirrored handcrafted patterns.The garments are made of handcrafted 3D silicone pressed structures in leather and high gloss ‘liquid’ fabrics, woven from silk and nylon threads.
In a black, silver, grey and blue shadow palette, Iris Van Herpen utilises materials ranging from Light georgette silk with woventranclucent acetate fibers to Matte microfiber with high gloss black embroidered thin Plexiglass and Shiny fluid translucent Japanese polyester.
3D pressed silicone is also used to create handcrafted embossed combat shoes.”