Iris van Herpen put on a show that was electrifying in the literal sense. “Inspired by a childhood dream, a desire to understand control and re-create lightning,” the Dutch designer made a visual impact with a collection, called Voltage, that featured a living sculpture standing in the center of the room with what looked like purple lightning passing through her body. Renowned for her use of innovational techniques, van Herpen produced what she referred to as “the first 3-D-printed flexible dresses.” These intricately designed pieces had a life of their own, making movements independent of the models’ bodies. Truly remarkable was a voluminous minidress matched with a supersize wrap, which formed a trompe l’oeil seashell armor. More wearable black little dresses from layers of a partly see-though knitted fabric added a fresh note.

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