Kim Keever & Iris van Herpen at the Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Kim Keever collaborates with world-renowned designer, Iris van Herpen to create three couture looks in her Spring 2019 collection, now on view at the Dutch institution, Kunstmuseum Den Haag.


On Monday January 21, 2019, at 12 PM, Dutch couturier Iris van Herpen presented her couture Spring 2019 collection, Shifts Souls, collaborated in part with Bau-Xi photographer, Kim Keever.

Shift Souls "was inspired by early examples of celestial cartography and its representations of mythological and astrological chimera, Van Herpen was particularly taken with 'Harmonia Macrocosmica,' a star atlas by the German-Dutch cartographer Andreas Cellarius, published in 1600."

Kim Keever's large-scale photographs are experiments with liquid clouds of colour that considers both movement and ephemerality. Three of the eighteen looks from the collection—the 'Cosmica' dresses (created with translucent organza, layered into a voluminous multi-dimensional print whose unfinished contours blur the body)—were designed using Keever's aquatic expressionist photographs. Look 14 from the Shift Souls collection is currently on display at the Kunstmuseum Den Haag, as part of their exhibition, Fashion in Colour. 

Curated during the museum's closure at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fashion in Colour, is an exhibition of clothing from past and present, that offer "moments of hope." Select garments by Commes des Garçons, Chanel, Azzedine Alaïa, Louis Vuitton, Dries van Noten, Thierry Mugler, and Iris van Herpen (amongst others) explore the colour spectrum and its relation to symbols of hope, courage, pride, and gratitude. Fashion in Colour is on view at the Kunstmuseum Den Haag, until February 28, 2021. 


Shift Souls look 14: 'Cosmica' mini dress. Image courtesy of Iris van Herpen.


Kim Keever (b. 1955) is an internationally acclaimed photographer.  He is known for his colourful large-scale abstractions, which he creates by pouring paint into a 200 gallon tank of water in his studio.  Keever uses his large-format digital camera to capture the resulting clouds of colour as they swirl into different forms and diffuse themselves through the water.

After earning an engineering degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, Keever worked briefly as a thermal engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He switched careers to become a full-time artist in the mid 1970’s, however his previous vocation has continued to inform his work, lending a scientific methodology and investigative process to his artistic practice.

Kim Keever’s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions. His work has been widely collected, and can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Bank of America; Harvard Library; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.  



Iris van Herpen Haute Couture Spring 2019: Shift Souls

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