Iris van Herpen was born on 5 June 1984 in Wamel, The Netherlands. She studied fashion design at ArtEZ, Arnhem and worked at Alexander McQueen and Claudy Jongstra in 2005 before starting her namesake label in 2007.
In 2008, Iris was nominated for the prestigious Createurope Award. She won the Dutch Fashion Awards and the RADO Young Designer Awards in 2010. Van Herpen became a member of the prestigious French Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 2011. She exhibits her work at home and abroad. Her work was the solo subject of a large-scale exhibition at the Groninger Museum in 2012. Stars like Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness have worn dresses by her.