If anyone is ready for the metaverse and the expressive, out-of-this-world outfits that virtual fashion will afford us, it’s Iris van Herpen. Over the past 15 years, the Dutch designer has carved out a niche as fashion’s most future-facing designer, redefining the old-world charm of couture to show how technology can and will transform the way we dress. Consider the fact that she began experimenting with 3D printed clothing way back in 2009—and that almost all of her designs today begin life as computer models, making her uniquely placed to outfit virtual events. “All of the 3D prints that we’re doing are digitally designed first, so all those looks are basically already ready for the metaverse,” she explained at a preview. “Couture is where my heart is. For me, technology is a tool that makes it possible to bring the craftsmanship forward.”