The “Transmotion” dress is the highlight of Iris van Herpen’s latest Couture collection that was inspired by the ideas of growth and regeneration. The dress itself is made of pleated white silk organza. The black “branches” on the dress were laser-cut, hand-stitched, and form the central roots of the garment.
The release of the dress was accompanied by an eponymous short film “Transmotion” that features Carice van Houten. The dress and film are meant to depict the process of change from one state to another. The dress iself changes form throughout the video, first being displayed as one thing and then changing later into a modified version of itself, with a long train of white silk that forms into a spiral. According to van Herpen’s comments on her website, the dress and change it undergoes are meant to act like a germinating seed.
This metaphor of growth and regeneration seems especially relevant given what’s happening around the world. With so much uncertainty, Iris van Herpen seems to be offering a gentle reminder that good things take time to germinate and grow. Even the contrasting black and white of the dress suggest that the good and bad often go hand-in-hand. The dress is a perfect blend of technology and traditional Couture craftsmanship. There’s no doubt that looking forward, van Herpen will continue to meticulously craft Couture creations and push the boundaries of design and fashion.
Jessy Humann lives and writes out of Spokane, Washington. When she's not writing about sustainable fashion and why it's important, she loves to write poetry and do other types of creative writing. Her first children's book comes out next year. Connect with Jessy on LinkedIn.