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Paris Fashion Week: Iris Van Herpen
Paris Fashion Week: Iris Van Herpen

When people want to be dismissive of the fashion industry, they often say something like, "Fashion is not astrophysics." Except sometimes it is. As inspiration for her spring collection titled "Magnetic Motion," Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen visited the world's largest particle collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland to check out the thousands of high-powered magnets that make it work. (Cool, right?) The resulting collection was a beautiful collision of nature, technology, engineering and art. "I find beauty in the continual shaping of chaos," she wrote in the show notes, explaining that she had collaborated with...

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