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PARIS -- If clothes could make music, what would they sound like?

This was the question that Iris Van Herpen -- better known for her couture creations -- answered during her official Paris debut in ready-to-wear.

Van Herpen used state-of-the-art technology to stage an evocative underground performance, deep inside David Lynch's Paris nightclub, "Silencio," where models writhed against each other clad in dark shimmering dresses with touch-sensitive electronic chips inside sinewy ribs on the material.

Caressing each other in scenes that could have been lifted from a Lynch film, the models' touches sent out audio signals to the DJ booth in the club, producing a macabre electronic musical aria that resonated around the rooms.

The atmosphere nicely complemented the darkness of the looks, which featured a great techno-fabric on a cropped jacket and cross-over dress that gave off a watery, metallic sheen.

Guests, including Tilda Swinton, sat around metal benches around the dimly lit nightclub floor and looked on in curiosity.

"My boyfriend is a musician, and makes a piece music for each dress I design ... Now I've started to imagine music and a sound for each dress I make, so I wanted to explore this," said the 29-year-old designer, who's dressed singers such as Lady Gaga and Bjork in her couture designs.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 12, 2013 D13

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