They go hand in hand. In the early years, I was focused on manual execution, but over time it organically intertwined with the technological aspects of my work: 3D printing, laser cutting.During the creation of the Iris van Herpen spring-summer 2019 collection, you collaborated with a former NASA engineer and artist Kim Keever. What was his contribution to the collection?
Kim works at the intersection of photography and painting. He creates underwater paintings and captures the transformation of paint in liquid. When it comes to the spring-summer 2019 collection, he took a bunch of photos, which turned into a two-dimensional organza pattern that became a part of the collection. Layers of material overlapped one another, conveying the full depth of the color of his work.What was the most difficult part of that collection?
Most of my time, about six months, went on creating the glitché dress. It is assembled from thousands of parts - laser cut laces that are less than half a millimeter thick. It is so thin that it starts to vibrate at a frequency inaccessible to the human eye, and it looks absolutely incredible. Professor of Architecture Phillip Beazley helped us to develop the technology for the creation of that dressWho else do you want to work with in the future?
With British architect Thomas Heatherwick, I admire his work. I think that our cooperation with NASA can be quite productive. I have already done a collaboration with the Massachusetts University of Technology and I will be glad to work with them once again.What is the role of technology in your life?
Paradoxically, I almost never use gadgets outside of work. I grew up without a TV, and I still don't have one. And I try to minimize my time in front of a computer.What was your first experience that was related to fashion?
My grandmother had a huge collection of clothes, she collected them throughout her life. My favorite one was the dark purple velvet dress of the XIX century. It was incredibly fine work, it was embroidered with lace. As a child, I had no idea how these beautiful things are made, but, when I first tried to wear them, I immediately felt their power. When you put on something that is really beautiful, it can drastically change your energy and the way you look at things.Tell me about some things that you have in your closet
Most of my closet is filled with my early works, particularly, my first ever collection. The more time and effort you put into a thing, the more of a personal reflection it becomes, it’s almost as if I am constantly writing diaries. They remind me of the way I perceived life many years ago.You have another passion - skydiving. What else do you like?
Oh, I am so busy now, I don’t have that much time for hobbies, but I’ve had quite a few back in the day! For a long time, I studied classical ballets and gymnastics, played the violin. I do skydiving when I need some time to think about life and relax. This is my way of rebooting my mind and my body.