Iris Van Herpen ‘Syntopia’ collection photos by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION

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‘Syntopia’ the collection is all about the scientific shift in which biology converges with technology and visualizes the fragility and power within. Syntopia is a collaboration with the artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift whose biomimic art works translate natural processes breathing life into delicate immersive sculptures through movement. Their kinetic installation ‘In 20 steps’ is constructed of 20 delicate glass wings that represent all thedifferent steps of flying in an abstract way. There is an interaction with the sculpture and the models as they pass through it. Iris Van Herpen is a former dancer and has always been fascinated by movement, what we see here is an exaggeration of a bird in flight and its echoing forms. It was a pure delight and I happened to be seated by the sculpture Philip Beesley who has worked with Iris on many of her projects. Currently they are doing something at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.