Iris van Herpen brings sustainable fashion to the walkway

Tong Van

Tong Van

Amsterdam-based fashion designer Iris van Herpen has introduced ‘Earthrise’, her latest collection made from Parley for the Ocean’s recycled-plastic fabrics. 

Featured by Dezeen, the collection was inspired by the view from Apollo 8, the first-ever crewed spacecraft to leave Earth’s orbit and witness the Earthrise from the Moon’s horizon⁠, illustrating the “freedom, adventure, exploration and fearlessness”. 

“Earthrise is an image of our planet without national borders, without hierarchies, without even a right side up,” Herpen told Dezeen.

The Earthrise collection has five looks made from upcycled marine debris intercepted by the Parley Global Cleanup Network, including the Kiger’s gown. Herpen said she believes the collaboration will further raise awareness of the fragility of the planet. 

“Sustainability is an important part within the collection development and more and more we’re using recycled fabrics in the delicate process of Couture,” Herpen said. 

“Multiple looks are crafted from Parley Ocean Plastic made from upcycled marine debris by Parley’s Global Cleanup Network.”

The collection has made its debut at Paris Haute Couture Week 2021. 

As we reported this month, Parley for the Ocean is the purpose-led organisation with which the SailGP Team Australia chose to partner with during this year’s international SailGP series.

Tong Van

Tong Van

Tong Van is a graduate of Ho Chi Minh City Law School majoring in Legal English and has been a content writer and researcher specialising in the retail sector for several years. Her interests include fashion, travel, health & beauty and food.


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