Roots of Rebirth

Original soundtrack for Iris van Herpen fashion show
in collaboration with Maarten Vos, supporting vocals by Sevdaliza

Iris van Herpen shows her latest collection ‘Roots of Rebirth’ during Paris Haute Couture Week on January 25th 2021. During such rarefied times, the designer explores a symbiosis of high technology and the artisanal craftsmanship of couture, through a collection that references the intricacy of fungi and the entanglement of life that breathes beneath our feet. Through ‘Roots of Rebirth’, Van Herpen notions towards the miraculous lacery of interconnectedness from the natural ‘wood wide web,’ weaving a dialogue between the terrestrial and the underworld.

The work of Iris van Herpen is often described as ethereal and transcendental; a chimeric exposition, radiating shapes that reference the relationship between the human body and the natural world. This season, the Dutch designer explores the rich, yet deeply fragile interconnectedness of an unfamiliar world, the enigmatic fungi empire and the life-bearing fine threads of mycelium. The collection details the extraordinary existence of this winding ‘fabric of life,’ the marveling world of undergrowth tapestry. Eponymous to the book penned by scientist Merlin Sheldrake, ‘Entangled Life’ notes that ‘fungi is the ecological connective tissue, the living seam by which much of the world is stitched into relation.’

“Thinking about fungi makes the world look different. These astonishing organisms challenge our animal imaginations and make questions of many of our well-worn concepts, from individuality to intelligence.” - Merlin Sheldrake

In collaboration with Maarten Vos
Supporting vocals: Sevdaliza
Literature: Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake
Special guests: Natalia VodianovaSevdaliza
Styling: Patti Wilson
Casting: Maxime Valentini
Runway video: Jesse Jay Kroon, Thom Schrama | 4eyes 
Digital Scenography: Misha Shyukin & Hannes Hummel | Shy Studio

Iris van Herpen
Paris Fashion Week Online