Iris van Herpen, “Voltage,” Dress, January 2013, In collaboration with Philip Beesley, Laser-cut 3-D polyester film lace and microfiber, Collection of the designer, Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios

Couture Architecture with Philip Beesley

CMOA Theater

Free Event


Artist and architect Philip Beesley caught the attention of Iris van Herpen with his acclaimed, responsive, “living” environments. He has since collaborated with the designer on several striking fashion collections, including Hybrid Holism and Voltage. Like van Herpen, Beesley finds inspiration in the world that our bodies inhabit, both what we see, and its invisible underlying structures. In this talk, Beesley shares his innovative approach to architecture, interactive systems, responsive design, and his thoughts behind collaborative couture.

View Beesley's work, Hylozoic Ground, which has inspired van Herpen's design and process.

About the Speaker
Philip Beesley is a practicing visual artist, architect, and Professor in Architecture at the University of Waterloo and Professor of Digital Design and Architecture & Urbanism at the European Graduate School. Beesley's work is widely cited in contemporary art and architecture, focused in the rapidly expanding technology and culture of responsive and interactive systems.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion
Feb. 4–May 1, 2017 at CMOA
Fashion designer Iris van Herpen (Dutch, b. 1984) marries precision and meticulous handcraft, inventive technological solutions, and a striking, futuristic aesthetic. Organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and Groninger Museum, The Netherlands, Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion gathers seven years of van Herpen’s original haute couture for this exhibition: her first North American tour. Opening February 4 at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), it presents 15 of her collections across a bewildering range of materials and techniques.