CARICE VAN HOUTEN STARS IN IRIS VAN HERPEN'S COUTURE FILM

Thank God for Lady Melisandre in Iris van Herpen.

By Balthazar Malevolent

CARICE VAN HOUTEN STARS IN IRIS VAN HERPEN'S COUTURE FILM

One of the last time actress Carice van Houten graced our screens for many of us when her character Melisandre, aka the Red Woman, fell into a cloud of dust in the final Game of Thrones season.

Carice van Houten - Iris van Herpen's Couture Film still.

And when we got to see her again in full costume it was a real treat, although this time in the role of a fashion muse. Coinciding with the launch of the first-ever digital Haute Couture Week in Paris, Dutch designer Iris van Herpen has taped her into a new short film entitled Transmotion.

Rather than making a whole collection, Herpen simply crafted one look and made it the centerpiece of the film. Like her GoT part, Houten portrays a powerful, ethereal character as she shows off the couture confection: a diaphanous bloom of white silk organza with undulated plissed layers, filament strands with black crystal seeds and black satin branches rising from the middle.

The video and the dress of the same name are influenced by Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher's illusionary theme. "Birth, development and creation," Herpen told The New York Times. "I wanted to express, without being literal, the feeling of these last months and symbolize the new beginning of things."

Though both women are living in Amsterdam, the two had never met before. In fact, Herpen had never even seen Game of Thrones, but only knew about the actress from the Black Book movie. "I once wore one of Iris' dresses on a Dutch Harper's Bazaar fashion shoot, and I recall thinking, oh man, that's something entirely different," Houten told the NYT.

"I still feel like I am wearing clothes that have nothing to do with me when I do photoshoots for magazines," she said. "I love fashion but the design world is a bit frightening."

She noted that her fellow GoT co-star Gwendoline Christie (who made many best-dressed lists from past red carpets in Iris van Herpen's designs) had already collaborated with the designer, making it "extra cool."

More fashion films will follow tonight apter 5 pm UTC, Rick Owens and Yohji Yamamoto's are among them. Stay tuned!

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