Circles Exclusive Exhibition Preview: Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

5:30 pm: Reception
6:00 pm: Remarks
6:15 pm: Exhibition Premieres

Phoenix Art Museum invites Circles of Support members to join Amada Cruz, The Sybil Harrington Director and CEO, for a preview of Iris Van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live entertainment and special remarks from Mark Wilson, Chief Curator of the Groninger Museum, Sarah Schleuning, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the High Museum of Art, and Dennita Sewell, the Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion features 45 ensembles created from 2008 – 2015 by the Dutch designer. Van Herpen, widely regarded as one of fashion’s most forward-thinking creators, continually pushes the boundaries of fashion design, often hailed as a pioneer in utilizing 3D printing as a garment construction technique. The installation will also include a selection of her fantastical shoe designs, runway show footage, and a dress from her 2014 collection Biopiracy purchased by Arizona Costume Institute to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fashion design collection and the organization on view at Phoenix Art Museum for the first time.

Be the first to experience this innovative collection.

Space is limited. RSVP by Thursday, February 15, 2018 to 602-257-2115 or

Not a Circles member? Join here or call the Circles of Support office at 602-257-2115.


Exhibition Sponsors:

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion is co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta and the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands. The exhibition was curated by Sarah Schleuning, High Museum of Art, and Mark Wilson and Sue-an van der Zijpp, Groninger Museum. Its Phoenix premiere is made possible through the generosity of Arizona Costume Institute, Miriam and Yefim Sukhman, APS, Contemporary Forum, and UMB Foundation with additional support provided by the Joan Cremin Exhibition Fund and Lloyd and Sharon Powell.


Image: Iris van Herpen, Dress (detail), fall/winter 2014. TPU-92A-1 with silicone coating. Museum purchase with funds provided by Arizona Costume Institute in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

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