Today, the Dutch-Iranian musician Sevdaliza Alizadeh, whose fans will know her just by her first name, walked for Iris van Herpen’s Spring 2021 Couture show titled “Roots of Rebirth”. Appearing like an otherworldly siren, the musician, known for her exploratory album Shabrang, wore an organza silk maroon-dyed dress. The piece was intricately constructed with hand-pleats “by twisting the roots to entangle the body symmetrically, to then be draped voluminously to sprout outwards in translucency, bloomingly framing the face,” according to van Herpen’s team. As Alizadeh walked, her own hypotonic song “Bluecid” played in the background, making for a surreal, transportive moment.
Alizadeh and van Herpen met through mutual friends a few years ago, and had started bumping into one another, once at an airport in Los Angeles, and then in Paris. Alizadeh, 33, who currently resides in Rotterdam, is known for experimental risks in music. Her sound and the accompanying visuals are ominously addictive, raw, and sensually eerie. The imagery in her music videos is often dreamy, sometimes teetering on dystopian. (With epically sharp cheekbones, Alizadeh makes an unforgettable impression, too.) Like Alizadeh, van Herpen is also known for taking experimental risks in her designs, working with scans of scientific photographs, and collaborating with artists who create kinetic sculptures. Van Herpen is perhaps most well known for her avid use of 3-D printing.