In January, designer Iris van Herpen presented her latest couture collection, titled Shift Souls at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The collection was inspired by early examples of celestial cartography and its representations of mythological and astrological chimera. Van Herpen was particularly taken with Harmonia Macrocosmica, a star atlas by the German-Dutch cartographer Andreas Cellarius, published in 1600.
OK, sounds like she did her research.
“For ‘Shift Souls’ I looked at the evolution of the human shape, its idealization through time and the hybridization of the female forms within mythology. Specially the imagination and the fluidity within identity change in Japanese mythology gave me the inspiration to explore the deeper meaning of identity and how immaterial and mutable it can become within the current coalescence of our digital bodies” — Iris van Herpen
Runway video by Blitzkickers
A look into the creative process of the Iris van Herpen ‘Shift Souls’ collection ～ evolving to its final shape in the Amsterdam atelier, followed by the finishing preparations for the show in Paris. Video by Xinix Films