Iris van Herpen presented her latest collection ‘Roots of Rebirth’ on January 25th, during the ongoing Paris Haute Couture Week. In this trying year, the designer explores a symbiosis of high technology and the artisanal craftsmanship of couture, referencing the intricacy of fungi, weaving a dialogue between the terrestrial and the underworld.
Van Herpen explores the relationship between the human body and the natural world. “Thinking about fungi makes the world look different. These astonishing organisms challenge our animal imaginations and make questions of many of our well-worn concepts, from individuality to intelligence.” – the designer references to the book penned by scientist Merlin Sheldrake, ‘Entangled Life’
The collection is a performance dedicated to the importance of our being and the valiance of nature. With the persistence of time, evolution prevails, and while these beings are never truly fixed, they exist merely in a state of flux, a rippling fabric of life itself, dancing to the benevolent beat of rebirth. – read the collection notes written by Scarlett Baker