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    Default Iris van Herpen

    Since nobody has commented here on this designer yet, I'll start. This is the video linked to online at the SZ Magazine, for those who missed it:

    See her website for more, you can download pdf's of all the designs. Some retail.

    Her designs are some of the most compelling I've ever seen, and I like the use of horrific, fantastic, mythic and sci-fi elements throughout. When I saw the above image, I immediately thought of the moths in Perdido Street Station. Cringeworthy in the best way. The Medusa-body lady is also wonderfully grotesque. I thought at first Ms. van Houten reminded me a bit of Pugh, but then again she's not always playing with androgyny, because although grotesque, some of the figures are also unsettlingly appealing. She also reminds me a bit of Bruno Pieters because the designs are so geometrical, or perhaps they just appear that way because they're so anti-form-fitting. But comparisons are a dime a dozen, so I'll stop. She did intern with McQueen, though.

    I'd like to hear others' thoughts. Let the pejorative, "costumey," be censored.

    Oh, and one last, very important observation:

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    kitsch killer Faust's Avatar
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    I think she is absolutely brilliant. The whole 3D printing method produces things that sewing cannot. Sure, it is extreme, but from a creativity perspective, it's pretty damn awesome.
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    Wow. All her works look fantastic and stunning. If you didn't bring this up, I won't even take a notice of this designer. Thanks a lot.

    But the first picture that you post. The clothes look a bit the same style as Junya Watanabe.

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    She's great. And I actually think that some pieces are perfectly wearable in the right environment, and the ones that are not make beautiful design objects.

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    Wow...seriously. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th outfits just gobsmacked me. Seriously impressive. I'm actually...speechless in how I can applaud the designer in her creativity...let's just leave it at: love it.

    This is certainly wearable:

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    This may very well be simply because it is not my taste but I don't like any of this work. To me it seems like nothing more than technical masturbation. Designers talking to designers, in a way. Of course everything is expertly made but craftsmanship is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. The craft and execution doesn't lead me anywhere other than futuristic outfits that don't really seem to have a cohesive vision behind it other than make visually bombastic pieces all vying for attention.

    Formally discordant, conceptually weak.

    As always I'm willing to be convinced otherwise.

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