Dec 10, 2017 | By Julia

Beloved Chinese actress Fan Bingbing set the stage last week at the iQiYi Scream Night in Beijing, wearing an absolutely stunning 3D printed dress by Dutch designer Iris van Herpen. Presented as a massive gala, fashion show, and all out media party, the high-profile event was held by video streaming service iQiYi, a Chinese-style Netflix rumoured to be eyeing the American market as early as next year. Poised among the star-studded guest list, which included the best and brightest names in Chinese film and television, Fan Bingbing took home the “Movie Person of the Year Award”, immediately stealing the show with her beautiful 3D printed garment that featured lustrous layering and a decidedly futuristic sheen.

In addition to capturing the hearts of all who attended, Bingbing’s fashion-forward appearance served as serious exposure for van Herpen, whose designs are regularly exhibited by renowned museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Cooper Hewitt museum in New York, and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Van Herpen’s long list of awards include the 2017 Johannes Vermeer Award, the ANDAM Grand Prix Award in 2014, and the European commission’s Grand Prize in 2016.

Accolades aside, van Herpen is one of the foremost pioneers in 3D printed fashion, due in large part to her advanced garment construction techniques as well as her vision of blending past and future into a distinct version of the present through the fusion of technology and traditional Couture craftsmanship. Born in 1984 in Wamel, the Netherlands, van Herpen founded her fashion label in 2007. As a student of fashion design at the Art Institute of the Netherlands (ARTEZ) in the Dutch city of Arnhem, van Herpen spends much of her time in her Amsterdam studio, where she crafts elaborate creations for a growing roster of A-list clientele. Fans and collaborators include Björk, Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie, Scarlett Johansson, Grimes, and Beyoncé.

Visually, van Herpen’s designs are reminiscent of Alexander McQueen and Viktor & Rolf, boasting a futuristic, eye-catching sensibility. Paired with Bingbing’s fair skin and incredible physique last week, the fashionable combination was virtually unstoppable. Since Bingbing’s celebrated media appearance, ‘netizens’ across the Chinese internet have voiced their appreciation, particularly lauding the actress’ inspirational beauty.

As one of the world’s highest paid actresses who was recently named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, Bingbing’s future has never looked brighter. As for van Herpen, rumours have it that the Dutch designer may be shifting her focus from celebrities to the average shopper, exploring more affordable avenues for her groundbreaking creativity.



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