Iris van Herpen's futuristic exhibition + Termite Eyewear

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Dutch fashion designer melds the traditional and high-tech

EXCERPT: Drawing inspiration from sources including art, architecture, the movement of the human body and science, Iris van Herpen creates cutting-edge fashion using a combination of traditional craftsmanship and innovative technology. [...] fashion-forward singers like Lady Gaga, Bjork and Beyonce have all worn her creations. "Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion," a new exhibition opening Saturday at Atlanta's High Museum of Art [...] it gives visitors insight into the evolution of the young designer's career. Many of the couture pieces look like costumes from a futuristic science fiction movie, with dramatic flourishes created from unexpected materials and contrasting textures....

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Hooked: Termite Eyewear

EXCERPT: . . . none of the wood frames in Termite's glasses have burrowing bugs. Which isn't to say the workers at the UK-based company haven't been busy handcrafting the frames from birch plywood culled from sustainable sources around Europe....

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