Iris van Herpen, Netherlands
Seijaku haute couture collection, 2016
Courtesy of Barrett Barrera Projects & RKL Consulting
Photo Roman Alokhin
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.