Iris van Herpen: Micro. Photo by Sharon Derhy - Courtesy of Design Museum Holon.

Iris van Herpen: Micro. Photo by Sharon Derhy – Courtesy of Design Museum Holon.

Design Museum Holon by Ron Arad hosted a solo exhibition of Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen that featured creations blending organic and futuristic, sculptural effects and visual impact, traditional crafts and 3D printing.

Photo by Sharon Derhy - Courtesy of Design Museum Holon.

Photo by Sharon Derhy – Courtesy of Design Museum Holon.

Curators Mark Wilson and Sue-an van der Zijpp say “The representation of Iris van Herpen imagination and unique narratives is vital in demonstrating a skill that combines fashion training with an ability to engage on a wider scope within the art and design arena”.

Iris van Herpen: Refinery Smoke. Photo: BART OOMES, No 6 Studios © Iris van Herpen & Groninger Museum.

Iris van Herpen: Refinery Smoke. Photo: BART OOMES, No 6 Studios © Iris van Herpen & Groninger Museum.

Indeed Crystallization is the first fashion collection to feature 3D printed dresses whilst Radiation Invasion explores the invisible radiation and signals all around us that make telecommunication possible.

Iris van Herpen: Crystallization.  July 2010     photography: BART OOMES, No 6 Studios © Iris van Herpen & Groninger Museum.

Iris van Herpen: Crystallization. July 2010 photography: BART OOMES, No 6 Studios © Iris van Herpen & Groninger Museum.

The Synesthesia collection has a neurological phenomenon as its starting point, where a mingling of sensory perceptions occurs. For the Micro collection, Van Herpen drew inspiration from the world of micro-organisms.

Photo by Sharon Derhy - Courtesy of Design Museum Holon.

Photo by Sharon Derhy – Courtesy of Design Museum Holon.

The project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL and is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Israel. The exhibition is organised by the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands.

Iris van Herpen: Chemical Crows. Photo: BART OOMES, No 6 Studios © Iris van Herpen & Groninger Museum.

Iris van Herpen: Chemical Crows. Photo: BART OOMES, No 6 Studios © Iris van Herpen & Groninger Museum.

Housed in an iconic building by Ron Arad, Design Museum Holon , in Israel, opened in March 2010 and had quickly established itself as one of the world’s leading museums of design and contemporary culture. The Museum is a vital and dynamic resource for designers, students, creative industries and the general public. The program of exhibitions and events aims to help visitors to gain a deeper understanding of design and the role it plays in our lives.

Iris van Herpen: Skeleton Dress.

Iris van Herpen: Skeleton Dress.

Photos: Courtesy of Design Museum Holon.

Photo by Sharon Derhy - Courtesy of Design Museum Holon.

Photo by Sharon Derhy – Courtesy of Design Museum Holon.