Studio Drift x Iris van Herpen
Photo: Yannis Vlamos


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For her latest Haute Couture collection ‘Syntopia’, van Herpen collaborates with the artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift, whose biomimic art works translate natural processes by breathing life into delicate immersive sculptures through movement. The presentation took place on July 2nd, 2018 at Le Trianon in Paris.

Posted 3 July 2018

In 20 Steps — Studio Drift's site-specific installation accompanying Van Herpen’s SYNTOPIA collection, is a tribute to evolution and the ultimate human desire to be able to fly. The moving wings of delicate glass represent the constructive steps of continuous improvement. The vivacious glass bird flows in symbiosis with the models while they move over the runway, their delicate interaction emphasizes the fragility of new worlds living and soaring together.
Lonneke Gordijn (Studio Drift): 'Whether they are waves, flying birds or running men; all movements on earth, can be seen as the carrier of innovation, a true desire for all species to deeply connect.'
Iris van Herpen: 'As a former dancer, the transformation within movement has hypnotized me. For this collection I looked closely at the minutiae of bird flight and the intricate echoing forms within avian motion. The artists Studio Drift inspired me to look more closely at the draping of a garment through chronophotography. By slowing down time into split seconds I started breaking down the usual draping of  fabric, to then layer the miliseconds all slightly shifted, like the layering of a bird's feather.'
In this collection van Herpen explores the new worlds that arise within synthetic biology and the intertwining relationships between the organic and the inorganic. ‘Syntopia’ acknowledges the current scientific shift in which biology converges with technology and visualizes the fragility and power within.
The 'Inside a second’ technique translates the artistry of Studio Drift and the chronophotographic lines of birdflight into thousands of two-toned transparent organza layers that are lasercut and heatbonded with mylar and cotton, that drape like time-lapse motion.
The mini ‘Mimesis’ corset dresses are made from bird’s soundwave patterns that are lasercut of mylar, black cotton, red organza and transparent black acrylic sheets, layering the silk and acrylic like a feather’s architecture.
About Studio Drift
Studio Drift was founded in 2007 by Lonneke Gordijn (Alkmaar, 1980) and Ralph Nauta (Swindon, United Kingdom, 1978). They met while students at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, where they graduated in 2005. Their passion for nature, science fiction and technology blends in their site-specific installations and interactive sculptures. To translate their concepts into a final result they often work closely with researchers, programmers, engineers and other experts, always encouraging their partners to push the boundaries of technology. The result is an aesthetic, harmonious synthesis of the natural and the technical, a poetic intimation of the earth’s seemingly infinite resources and the endless possibilities the future may hold.
Studio Drift is represented by Pace Gallery and works with FuturePace, an innovative cultural partnership that commissions and delivers world-class multidisciplinary artistic projects in the urban landscape.
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Studio Drift x Iris van Herpen
Photo: Paul Blind

Studio Drift x Iris van Herpen
Photo: Paul Blind

Studio Drift x Iris van Herpen
Photo: Yannis Vlamos

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