Iris Van Herpen continues to blend fashion and science in her latest collection of dizzying garments that explore the fragility of marine ecosystems. Earthrise, which debuted at Paris Haute Couture Week on July 5, is comprised of 19 gowns teeming with the Dutch designer’s signature layers and structural flourishes. Exquisite and elaborately constructed, the garments seamlessly merge aquatic motifs and colors into a dynamic collection focused on preserving the environment in both aesthetic and material.
Five of the designs, including the hand-cut gradient dress shown below, are made entirely of recycled plastics sourced from Parley for the Oceans, which is working to protect the planet’s bodies of water from pollution and further degradation. Other pieces in the collection are the product of collaborations with artists like Rogan Brown, who brought his laser-cut reliefs resembling coral reefs and microbial structures to the lace-like gowns, while Casey Curran produced kinetic stripes that ripple across one dress in a mesmerizing blue-to-white gradient. Artist James Merry is responsible for the futuristic metal jewelry, while Eichi Matsunaga created the long, bulbous nails designs.