Gwendoline Christie from Game of Thrones lay still as a stone on a marble circle, as three dark sculptural arms moved around her, as if they were alive.
Following the trajectory of previous shows by Iris Van Herpen, something organically strange or digitally extraordinary was about to happen.
“Basically, the idea comes from a tree in India, which is really beautiful,” said the Amsterdam-based magician of invention. She explained that she was inspired by the “root bridges” of the forests of Cherrapunji in India, where man works with Nature to construct a living bridge across the riverbanks.
As far as I could understand the concept, Gwendoline was supposed to have her circular dress woven on her body during the show. I saw movement, but no sense that the costume of the actress had changed.
The rest of the show presented dresses, lacy and lean, and all rather similar, although iridescent lace, silvered effects and Swarovski crystal all added to a sense of wonder.
But perhaps Iris needs to expand the clothes, literally from their vertical lines, and to remember that shaping the body is as important in fashion as a magical mystery tour.