Iris van Herpen’s Work Featured in Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle

11 May 2019 — 2 September 2019
Museum of Pop Culture , 325 5th Avenue N Seattle

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is pleased to present A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, opening to the public on May 11, 2019. Curated and designed by Sofia Hedman and Serge Martynov of MUSEEA, A Queen Within is a large-scale exhibition produced and toured internationally by Barrett Barrera Projects.

A Queen Within investigates symbols of womanhood and challenges conventional notions of beauty with experimental gowns, headpieces, and jewelry by boundary-pushing fashion designers and artists including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Gypsy Sport, Hassan Hajjaj, and Iris van Herpen. The exhibition features more than 100 articles of fashion, photography, and videos presented in a dramatic gallery design that explores six archetypal personality types, including Mother Earth, Sage, Enchantress, Explorer, Heroine and Thespian. Derived from recurring motifs in myths and fairy tales of world literature, these archetypes are used to help unpack our understanding of the visual symbolism of female identity.

The exhibition features Dutch designer Iris van Herpen.

"A Queen Within exemplifies the life-changing force of creativity that we strive to foster here at MoPOP. We are thrilled to bring such beautiful and inspirational work to our community that sparks timely and relevant cultural commentary, while celebrating emerging and established artists." Alexis Lee, Executive Director of MoPOP