Monday, April 25, 2016 - From the 2nd of April until the 11th of September 2016 Fashion Museum Hasselt in Belgium presents ‘Haute-à-Porter’, curated by the internationally acclaimed costume designer, journalist and photographer Filep Motwary. Haute couture is synonymous with craftsmanship, luxury, extravagance and spectacle. But aren’t these typical features of contemporary prêt-à-porter?
Haute-à-Porter, Haute-Couture in Ready-To-Wear fashion
Haute-à-Porter, Haute-Couture in Ready-To-Wear fashion

The exhibition examines this question further and researches the changing relationship and cross-fertilization between haute couture and ready to wear. Through a variety of themes and a selection of spectacular silhouettes and accessories from high end designers and fashion houses, the exhibition highlights the significance of haute couture for contemporary fashion. Completed with photography, film, art and music, Haute-à-Porter offers a unique insight into the fashion industry of the last 30 years.

Participant designers and houses: Dior, Chanel, Erdem, Burberry, Lanvin, Rochas, Nina Ricci, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Givenchy, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh, Roger Vivier, Prada, Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten, Christian Lacroix, Delpozo, Mary Katrantzou, Jil Sander, Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf, Alberta Ferretti, Thierry Mugler, Anna Molinari, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Giambattista Valli, Balmain, Rick Owens, Blumarine, Undercover, Giles, Christian Louboutin, Thom Browne, Marios Schwab, Sacai, Alexander McQueen, Herve L.Leroux, Anrealage, Schiaparelli, A.F. Vandevorst, Olivier Theyskens, Gucci, Iris Van Herpen, Stephen Jones, Alexis Mabille, Jay Briggs, Giuseppe Zanotti, Anya Caliendo, Iris Schieferstein, Erik Halley, Norita Katatehana, Maison Martin Margiela, Roger Vivier...

Photographers presented in the exhibition: Peter Lindbergh, Miles Aldridge, Nagi Sakai, Luigi and Iango, Charles Fréger, Francesco Brigida, Emma Summerton, Mikael Jansson, Erik Madigan Heck, Matthias Vriens-McGrath, René Habermacher, Michael Thompson, Fabien Baron, Thanassis Krikis, David Dunan, François Berthoud, Krishna Godhead, Sheila Metzner, Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello, Michal Pudelka, Ali Mahdavi, Txema Yeste, Daniel Jackson, Kevin Tachman, Giampaolo Sgura, Sebastian Kim, Tim Richardson, Bill Georgoussis, Matthew Brookes...

Artists presented: Hedwig Snoeckx, Iris Van Dongen and Koen Vanmechelen.

About the Book ‘Haute-à-Porter’
Along with the exhibition a book will be published by Lannoo, with interviews and contributions from Angelo Flaccavento, Alexander Fury, Antonio Mancinelli, Colin McDowell, Farida Khelfa, Irene Silvagni, Maria Luisa Frisa, Robin Schulie, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, Nicole Phelps, Pierre Hardy, Rick Owens, Stephen Jones, Thom Browne, Tim Blanks, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Viktor & Rolf, Zandra Rhodes completed with visuals by more than thirty renowned photographers and artists.

Book review from the Virtual Shoe Museum
The exhibition is divided into themes such as crinoline, volume, draping, classic, decoration. In the accompanying book, these themes are commented thoroughly. Motwary shows us interesting very stories, by combining historical handwork items from the museum’s private collection with iconic pieces from todays fashion visionairs. This book reflects the exhibition’s themes in a great mix of very interesting photography with Haute Couture masterpieces. The original compact interviews, with renowned fashion icons like Vivienne Westwood and Yohji Yamamoto, literally dig deeper into the material. The book states great fashion quotes like Rupaul's 'We're all born naked, the rest is drag!'.

About the autor
Filep Motwary started his career at the Greek editions of Vogue and L'Officiel in early 2000. He then worked for fashion houses such as John Galliano, Christian Dior and Chloe. Today he is Fashion Features Editor of Dapper Dan Magazine and has interviewed more than 200 fashion pioneers. Among others, he photographs for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Joyce.com, Giambatista Valli, Hyeres Festival. Motwary is still active as a costumes designer and he is the founder of The Kinsky.

Haute-à-Porter, Haute-Couture in Ready-To-Wear fashion
Editor: Filep Motwary (Lannoo)
Format: 23 cm x 28 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, 208 pages
Price: € 45 
ISBN: 9789401429139

You can order your copy at Lannoo

Photo: Kristof Vrancken © Modemuseum Hasselt.

Monday, April 04, 2016 - Discover a new universe; experience a different reality; explore a new way to see the world. Indulge yourself in the otherworldly details in the breathtaking designs of Amber Ambrose Aurèle. The shoe exhibition features a retrospective of Amber’s work. A selection out of four seasons will be on showcase until May 28, 2016. The shoes on display are one-of-a-kind made of experimental techniques and noteworthy materials: among them are 3D-printed metal, embossed latex, LED-fabric, real human hair and porcelain. On show from April 8 to May 28 2016 at Art Statements Gallery in Hong Kong.
Dutch Days in Hong Kong - Haute couture shoes exhibition by Amber Ambrose Aurèle
Dutch Days in Hong Kong - Haute couture shoes exhibition by Amber Ambrose Aurèle

About the artist
Amber Ambrose Aurèle is a Dutch haute couture shoe designer, known for her visually unique work and sky-high heels. Amber explores the boundaries of fashion and art through her Haute Couture shoe designs. Amber: 'Sweet things have a strange edge.'

She holds an MA in Shoe Design from ArtEZ Arnhem (2012) and a MA in Art History from the University of Amsterdam (2012). Her academic background makes her research process unique and elevates her vision of beauty and design. The first to 3D-print metal heels, her creations have a sweet and twisted view that combines fine handwork technique with innovative technology.

Amber Ambrose Aureole's shoes are made to measure and available for editorial styling in Hong Kong until May 28. The artist will be present in Hong Kong April 5 till April 16.
More info at Amber Ambrose Aurèle

After graduating, Amber Ambrose Aurèle established her Amsterdam-based eponymous label. She has a firm belief her art of shoemaking requires interdisciplinary research which explores new fields in every collection. Amber’s shoes are seen in editorials (Vogue, Kaltblut, and many more) and exhibitions and museums all over the world. Amber shoes have been featured in shoes courted by the Virtual Shoe Museum in Vienna, Klagenfurt, Doha and Dubai). She is currently working on her 8th collection and various commission projects. This will be the first time Amber shows to the Asian public.

Shoe collections by Amber Ambrose Aurèle
Original (Sin)suality (2012)
Illustrates what women are capable of: having soft and fragile characteristics and being empowered sexually at the same time. The shoes focuses on sin found in the purest places and beauty found in the darkest places: the capability of merciless sensuality in femmes fragiles and sweet persuasion in femmes fatales.

Hidden Messages in Water (2012)
Are heels first ever 3D-printed from metal. Amber materialized the pseudoscience of how human consciousness has an effect on water in the sculptural open construction of the heels. Metamorphosis suggested through a composition of icy hard and volatile soft material; the stages water can be found in.

Coruscate Imprisonment (2012)
Suggests capturing light through print design and clever footwear engineering. Striving not to demonstrate only the romantic and swift beauty that is often found in modern-day fast fashion, Amber created one of a kind shoes that light up in the dark powered by LED-fabric.

L’Amour (2014)
Inspired by the reflection of water; its form was translated into the use of mirror-porcelain and Plexiglas to represent the two sides of Hamlet’s Ophelia and her search for happiness. Amber’s narrative of L’Amour 'Her Happiness Is Never Her Own' is a story inspired by the young Ophelia reaching madness and her struggle of being truly happy without the influence of others. She is drowning in pain but still stays feminine and strong while being stuck between two different worlds.

Art Statements Gallery
Art Statements was founded by Dominique Perregaux in 2003 in Hong Kong. The gallery has since become an important establishment that represents in Asia internationally celebrated contemporary artists. Pursuing its goal of giving its artists a wide visibility and to reach a pan-Asian audience, Art Statements opened its first overseas branch in Tokyo in 2010. Beside its regular exhibition programme, the gallery is actively involved in dealing both Western and Chinese Modern and Contemporary Art as well as participating in international art fairs. Art Statements works also extensively with regional architects, interior designers and property developers in public art consultancy projects.

More info at Art Statements

About Dutch Days in Hong Kong
The month of April is known to the Dutch nation as Koningsdag or “King’s Day”. The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands celebrates and dedicates April as the month to hold the second edition of its art and culture festival in Hong Kong. The “Dutch Days in Hong Kong” festival is co-organized and curated by Asia Week Hong Kong. It will host a series of events and programs in art and culture, taking place all over Hong Kong. The program is a collaboration of many partners in the Netherlands and Hong Kong. The long awaited museum seminars are presented by the ABN AMRO Bank with distinguished speakers from Mauritshuis Museum, Het Scheepvaartmuseum and the Rijksmuseum, as well as their counterparts from the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Dutch Days in Hong Kong will feature exhibitions, art lectures, a film festival, a culinary evening, and performances. We aim to weave an engaging dialogue to share ideas and best practices between artists, the greater public, students, collectors and art patrons.

Haute couture shoes exhibition by Amber Ambrose Aurèle
From April 8 to May 28
Location Art Statements Gallery
Gee Chang Hong Centre, Factory D, 8/F
65 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Hong Kong

Monday - Saturday 12pm - 7pm
or by appointment with Markus Halberstam or Charlotte Foo, T +852 2696 2300
e-mail artstatements

More shoes by Amber Ambrose Aurèleat the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Shoes: Imprisonment of the continuously shifting © AAA, photo Peter Stigter.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - As you know, adult coloring books are the latest thing. This time, you're the artist! Instead of just mindlessly filling in the usual geometric patterns, you get to have fun creating dazzling new color combinations for Claudia Lynch's original ShoeStories™ designs.
ShoeStories Coloring Book by Claudia Lynch
ShoeStories Coloring Book by Claudia Lynch

All the original stories - complete with witty puns, lots of innuendo, and the occasional intentional typo - are included. Feeling even more inspired? Design your own unique shoes... elegant, pretty, sexy or silly... using the templates inside.

About the artist
Claudia Lynch has enjoyed a multifaceted career as theatrical costume designer, tutu maker, milliner, author, publisher, artist and illustrator. She relishes the variety of the artist's day, completing projects as varied as corporate brochures, fashion illustrations for a sewing magazine, faux Andy Warhol prints for a film, and ShoeStories™. ShoeStories™ have been featured in a number of locally shot films, HBO’s Treme, and the CW’s series The Carrie Diaries.

Why a shoe?
The graphic shape of a shoe, particularly without the constraint of functionality, lends itself perfectly to unusual architecture and applied embellishment - whatever is necessary to express a character, a situation or an entire story. Proportions are exaggerated, heightening the sexual connotation that has historically surrounded women’s shoes.

Why a typewriter?
In traditional illustration, a picture illuminates, explains or expands on the text. Here, the situation is reversed: the text illustrates the pictures, so it had to be an integral part of the work. The vintage pulp fiction that inspired ShoeStories™ featured quick, witty repartee with lots of “You-get-it-you-get-it-You-don’t-you-don’t” innuendo, and would have been written on a beat-up old typewriter. As luck would have it, I happened to have one of those in my basement.

How are the originals made?
ShoeStories™ are painted with gouache (an opaque watercolor paint) on watercolor paper. The stories are typed directly onto the paintings with an old typewriter.

ShoeStories™ Coloring Book
24 Pages + Cover
Softbound
ISBN 9781944248482
$15

Find your ShoeStories Coloring Book here.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 - From March 8 till April 10 2016 'Art & Sole' will be exhibited at the Miami Beach Regional Library. It features over 150 of the most inventive examples of these fantasy art shoes, remarkable for their imaginative construction and elaborate adornment. Curated by Jane Gershon Weitzman.
Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection
Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection

The 2015-2016 season will be presented as bassX in a satellite space in the Miami Beach Regional Library, located directly across the street from the Bass Museum.

Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection

Location:
Miami Beach Regional Library
227 22nd Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(between Collins Avenue and Liberty Avenue)

Mon and Tue 12- 8 pm
Wed - Sun 10 am – 6 pm
Closed on Public Holidays.

Free Admission.

Stuart Weitzman
Since opening its doors in 1996, luxury shoe brand Stuart Weitzman’s Madison Avenue flagship store has showcased footwear commissioned by artists, designers and craftsmen from around the world. Shoes are constructed of unexpected materials such as bronze, ceramic, wire, Plexiglas or in the case of Robert Steele, corrugated cardboard. Other shoes are noteworthy for their surfaces, embellished with feathers, gems, fresh flowers and cake frosting. Evelyn Kaplan who works in a mosaic art form pique assiette, crafted shoes from pieces vintage china, porcelain and ceramic knickknacks. Joan Klimo, who worked in fabric and mixed media, transformed shoes into whimsical soft sculptures.
Stuart Weitzman

Jane Gershon Weitzman
Art & Sole was curated by Jane Gershon Weitzman, Executive Vice President of Stuart Weitzman and Stuart Weitzman Retail, who also authored a book (www.virtualshoemuseum.com/art-sole) on the topic.

Jane Gershon Weitzman was the executive vice president of Stuart Weitzman and the first vice president of Stuart Weitzman Retail. She spearheaded philanthropy for the company by generating funds to support breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness. Her efforts were brought to life through innovative charity events on the brandʼs website, such as the Stuart Weitzman Celebrity Breast Cancer Shoe Auction, and its retail stores. She serves on the Trust Board of the Boston Childrenʼs Hospital. Weitzman: 'All of the shoes are made by artists I found while traveling. I began to collect them and since I was involved in dressing the windows of our first retail store I thought, why not create a space around one of these pieces of art?'.

Image: mosaic shoe by Sharon Von Senden/Collection of Jane Gershon Weitzman.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - The shoe brand Irregular Choice will launch their next special collection 'Alice in Wonderland'. The new live-action 'Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass' hits the theaters in May. And designer Danny Sullivan didn’t spare any details with a new collection featuring favorite characters from the original 1951 animated film This limited edition appearing in stores worldwide on the 26th of February at 12pm…
Irregular Choice unveils 'Alice in Wonderland' Collection
Irregular Choice unveils 'Alice in Wonderland' Collection

For these tea party shoes, the designers didn’t scrimp on details, pulling in a teapot as the heel on the ‘One lump or two’ shoes and adorning the platform with icing from a cupcake. On the shoe 'Flowers can't talk' Alice herself becomes the heel, with the shoes embroidered with the pansies and dandelions from the original film.

About Irregular Choice
The brand was created by Dan Sullivan in 1999 as a reason to stand out from the crowd. Back in the late 90's Dan saw that the footwear market was becoming very neutral and black, yet there was a global demand for something different and individual, something to wear with pride. Born in London, England, and growing up on the Kings Road in the 70’s during the Punk era, Dan was fortunate enough to travel the world throughout the 70's and 80's with his family. Whilst his parents developed their own irregular footwear collections, including “Transport” and “Chaos Creators”, Dan got to visit the most amazing and inspirational locations, allowing him to soak in everything that surrounded him. He had left home by the age of 15 and opened his first shoe shop in Covent Garden at the age of 18, which soon turned into 6 stores, until at 23 he decided to close the stores so he could travel and add to his already extensive knowledge of what the rest of the world had to offer.

During his mid to late 20's Dan chose to go back to the far east to meet with factories and understand the opportunities that were being offered from that part of the world. “The culture, architecture and foods were big influences for my first collection in 1999, and that’s where I got the inspiration for the split toe shoe, which is still incorporated into my designs today.” Dan Sullivan.

The opportunities that Dan discovered in China allowed for detailed & creative manufacturing, at an affordable price & small quantities. This gave Dan the chance to combine the resources of the far east with the experiences he had gathered spanning the most creative times, and countries, of his generation. And from this Irregular Choice was born.

Dan has stuck very determinedly to his philosophy throughout the past 16 years, which is to keep Irregular Choice as something that is not influenced by passing trends, but original and set apart from the crowd. His fearlessness translates into the design of the shoes, and an Irregular Choice shoe is not like any other you’ll find. Dan doesn’t listen to what’s happening in the fashion industry or what another brand may be doing. This is what makes Irregular Choice designs completely unique and truthful.

From embellished heels, ornate wood carvings, tiny intricate charms and lavish fabrics, to the memorable colour combinations, everybody has an Irregular Choice favourite shoe or story. Each year Dan creates over 600 different styles, and is constantly jotting down styles, photos and sketches, it’s an ever expanding creative process reaching to what is now over 10,000 different options. Irregular Choice has evolved with great strides over the past decade. The brand is now sold through hundreds of stockists around the world, and has nine of its own stores across the globe, with more in the pipeline.

Irregular Choice had several whimsical special editions, the Blythe Doll collection, wedding shoes and in 2015 there was the STAR WARS collection.

Buy your Irregular Choice shoes here.

Note 10.04.2016
The Alice in Wonderland shoes are completely sold out at Irregular Choice... but there are many sizes and styles available at www.fun.com

More shoes by Danny Sullivan at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 'Otherworldly, Avant-Garde Fashion and Style' showcases a fashion avant-garde between futurism and fetish. Featuring work by emerging talents and established designers such as Alexander McQueen, Martin Margiela, Peter Popps, Iris van Herpen and others. It not only explores groundbreaking developments but also their fruitful interplay with photography.
Otherworldly
Otherworldly

Review from the Virtual Shoe Museum
As a shoe curator I'm always looking for inspiration and futuristic designs next to amazing structures and fabrics. And this is a book has got it all. Out of this world ideas and fantastic sculptured fashion. There are new designs from my absolute fashion heroes and many new designers I didn't discover yet. Its all about talent and passion. Must have fashion book!

About the Book
Fashion from another planet. Unwearable, subversive, radically post-human, alien. Otherworldly presents avant-garde garments, styling, fashion photography, and young designers who are a whole galaxy away from the mainstream.

Other rules apply to the fashion of the future. New technologies and materials make things possible today that couldn’t have even been imagined in the past. High-tech fabrics and melting forms are no longer science fiction but reality. Fashion is constantly reinventing itself, but many designers and stylists are now taking it to extremes. Inspired by the odd, mutant, and deformed, they are redefining clothing to expand the body and speculate on the evolution of identity, from wearables to the utter transfiguration of the human silhouette.

About the guest editor
Theo-Mass Lexileictous works at the intersection of fashion and media. Since receiving his degree at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, he has worked for Lady Gaga and brands including Givenchy and Topshop.

Published by Gestalten
Gestalten is best known for its more than 600 books about contemporary creative culture, the majority of which are conceived in house. They document and anticipate vital movements in design, lifestyle, illustration, architecture, fashion, photography, travel, and art. Providing both inspiration and practical value, they explore new creative fields in ways not yet seen before.

Otherworldly, Avant-Garde Fashion and Style
Editors: Theo-Mass Lexileictous, Sven Ehmann and Robert Klanten (Gestalten)
Format: 24.5 × 33 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, 304 pages
Price: € 45 (D) / £40 / $60
ISBN: 9783899556384

Release: February 23 2016.

Order your copy at Gestalten

Photo: Otherworldly © Gestalten 2016.

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - Overview of the past 10 years of shoe design students work from SASK, the Academy of Fine Arts in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. On show from 6.2.2015 till 30.4.2015. This shoe design course, led by Anne Poesen and Patrick Creemers, has manifested itself for many years as a professional and inspiring department looking far beyond the borders of Sint-Niklaas.
Shoe exhibition - Shoes Selection #10
Shoe exhibition - Shoes Selection #10

What makes this program so special is that it is part-time education. Students who work or study during the day choose not to follow every week ten hours of intensive classes during evenings and weekends. Motivation is their motive, for some people the childhood that they can finally realize. It requires a great effort and just who is passionate takes the finish line. Because the program sets the bar high academic high. Focus is on the design, structure, craft, form study, graphics and analysis of historical and ethnic shoes.

Personal vision and authenticity are encouraged from the first year. That it is a highly professional training with an equally passionate teaching team prove exhibitions where students participate, jobs in the footwear sector and the prices have already achieved several students.
From anyone can sign up to the age of eighteen.

The show is the culmination of an academic year and gives students a platform from the first year to show their vision and creativity. That come to see 1200 people every year and not just family and insiders, is the best form of appreciation for this department and its students. That climax is celebrated this year on May 28, 2016 in 't Bauhuis Sint Niklaas.

The exhibition shows a selection of some 90 designs by students of the past 10 years. In addition, pictures of some shoots are shown with designs from students, as well as the film of the year-end show in 2015.

SASK graduates who are now active in the footwear industry
Lies Sockeel works as a shoe designer of men's shoes at the Paris fashion house Balenciaga.
Balenciaga

Katrien Herdewyn launched her own shoe brand 'Elegnano' and was recently awarded by Unizo 'Starter of the Year'.
Elegnano

Kris Van Walleghem launched his own shoe brand 'Muso'.
Muso

Sam Reychler works as a shoe designer for the Italian shoe brand Roberto Del Carlo.
Roberto del Carlo

Noura Mokhtar works as a shoe designer in London for Eskka Shoes.
Essa Shoes

Jozefien Vandermarliere worked as a star pattern maker at Ambiorix and develops the shoe collections by Tim Van Steenbergen.
Ambiorix
Tim van Steenbergen

Several students, including Elisabeth Claes, did an internship at Ellen Verbeek.
Ellen Verbeek

Bieke Bettens worked as a shoe designer Rachel Comey in New York.
Rachel Comey

Bruno Tansens received much national and international attention with his graduation collection.
Winner of the Hulstaert laureate legacy 2015.
VirtualShoeMuseum.com/bruno-tansens

Practical information about the shoe design course at SASK
4 years Bachelors Degree.
Ten hours per week.
From age 18 years.

Teachers
Anne Poesen (lecturer)
Patrick Creemers (teaching materials)

Higher grade 1
Tuesday, 18:00h - 22:30h
Saturday: alternately
Week 1: 9:00h - 12:30h
Week 2: 9:00h - 12:30h and 13:30h - 17:00h*
* Including 4 hours of materials (including leather) by Patrick Creemers

Higher grade 2, 3 and 4
Monday: 18: 00h - 22: 30h
Saturday: alternately
Week 1: 9:00h - 12:30h
Week 2: 9:00h - 12:30h and 13:30h - 17:00h*
* Including 4 hours of materials (including leather) by Patrick Creemers

Registration
Registration for the training starts at the open days on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26th of June 2016 (each from 14h-18h).

Academy of Fine Arts
A. Boonhemstraat 1
9100 Sint-Niklaas
T +32 (0) 3780 36 70
F + 32 (0) 3776 34 53
e-mail academie sint-niklaas
Academie Sint-Niklaas

Anne Poesen
T + 32 (0) 486 71 46 77
e-mail Anne Poesen

Shoes Or No Shoes
Shoes Selection #10
From 6.2.2015 till 30.4.2015
Vandevoordeweg 2
Kruishoutem (Belgium)
Shoes Or No Shoes

Open on tuesday, thursday and saturday from 13.30 till 17.30.
Closed on public holidays.

Exhibition is sponsored by Cortina Group

Photo: 'RGB' shoe collection 2015 by Bruno Jansens.

Monday, January 04, 2016 - Inspired by the ‘Ice Desert’ of the South Pole, shoe designer Kobi Levi created the ‘Antarctica’ collection, featuring four styles. There are beautiful creatures living on the white snow fields and in the freezing cold water. The four designs have each a different ‘Antarctic resident’ in mind: ‘suited’ penguins, impressive orcas, giant whales and adorable seals. The styles follow the elegance of these lovely animals, made in classic black patent and white leather.
Antarctica by Kobi Levi
Antarctica by Kobi Levi

Penguin
Penguin groups can look like a crowd of people in matching tuxedos, but less formal and cuter! Blending the classic footwear wing tip cut with the Penguin’s ‘suit’ lines creates this new elegant pump design. Timeless classic style in black & white with a yellow ‘beak’ touch at the heel counter.

Seal
The adorable Seal has a simple fluent form and movement with a smooth clean body and a tail tip shape. A one piece upper cut in a spiral line brings out the fast wavy swim moves of this cute mammal to this version of a Mary Jane d'Orsay style in black patent leather.

Whale tale
As most of the time it’s underwater, the whale's most memorable sight is its tail wave on the water surface. This ankle strap style captures the essence of the iconic whale silhouette with its tail lifted upwards.

Whale
Following the Orca’s iconic lines, spots and tail tip, this whale inspired design, captures the aerodynamic shape and beauty of this animal. T-strap Mary Jane style made from ‘Wet look’ patent black and white leather.

All shoe can be ordered at Kobi Levi Design.

Kobi Levi
Graduated from Bezalel academy of art & design, Jerusalem 2001. Specialize in footwear design and development. Working as a freelance designer. Collaborating with both Israeli and international companies, currently working on his women shoe line in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Designed commercial footwear in both Italy, China and Brazil. Presented design in various exhibitions in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Tokyo, Verona, St.Etienne, Berlin etc'… " In my artistic footwear design the shoe is my canvas. The trigger to create a new piece comes when an idea, a concept and/or an image comes to mind. The combination of the image and footwear creates a new hybrid and the design/concept comes to life. The piece is a wearable sculpture. It is "alive" with/out the foot/body. Most of the inspirations are out of the 'shoe-world', and give the footwear an extreme transformation. The result is usually humoristic with a unique point of view about footwear. Another aspect of the creation is the realization. All the pieces are hand-made in my studio. The challenging technical development is the key to bring the design to life in the best way."

More shoes by Kobi Levi at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Photo: Penguin by Kobi Levi Design.

Monday, December 21, 2015 - The Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, will hand out the 'The Crazy Shoe Award 2016' in Vienna on April 28. Europe sure needs more crazy shoes, so you (when based in Europe) are invited to join the competition and send in your registration form until February 1 2016. The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 10 2016.
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2016
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2016

Award for the Crazy Shoe 2016 Vienna: conditions for participation:

Organizer
Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria.

Purpose and goal
The creativity and skill of the profession is to be demonstrated in order to draw attention to the international proficiency of the craft of shoemaking.

Participants
All establishments’ shoemakers, shoe designers, shoe manufacturers from Europe.

Authorizing the participation of the piece
The shoe design must be wearable (women size 35-41, men’s size 39-47) and must be made by the participant.

Number of competition entries
Each participant may only submit one pair of 'Crazy Shoes'.

Registration
The registration form must be received until February 1 2016 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna).

Participation costs
None.

Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs of any other persons attending the shoemaker's ball in 2015 are to be paid by the participants.

Submission of the 'Crazy Shoe'’
The 'Crazy Shoe' must be received by March 10 2016 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna)
with a description of the 'Crazy Shoe' (idea description, materials used, labor intensity) with photos of the working steps (jpg file). The images are shown at the ceremony in a digital photo frame. Late arrivals will not come in the standings and will be returned.

Evaluation, selection and jury
The 1st Evaluation of the submissions will be carried out on March 15, 2016 by a panel of experts and laymen, and in the presence of a lawyer. The evaluation and selection of shoes by the Jury is based on a point system. The top 15 pairs of shoes go on to the final round on April 28, 2016 as part of the ceremony, in the Studio 44. The final round will be conducted by a panel of experts and prominent figures from politics and art, and in the presence of a lawyer. The selection of shoes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be made on a point system. The Jury's decision is final. Jury members may not participate in the contest.

Notification of the nominated participant
The participant will be notified on March 16, 2016 by email, that he/she is among the 15 nominated participants. The nominated participant must report to us via email or phone his commitment or his cancellation no later than March 24, 2016. If the deadline expires, the next highest participant is re-nominated.

Presence of the participant
The nominated participant must be present for the final round on April 28, 2016 or send a representative. If the nominee or his representative is not present, the Crazy Shoe is removed from the competition!

Presentation of participation piece
The nominated participant must demonstrate his shoe at the finals on April 28, 2016 himself or he has to bring a person to demonstrate the shoes.
The practice will take place before the ceremony, the participants will be informed on March 16, 2016 about the beginning of the practice.

Prizes
As part of the ceremony, on April 28 2016 in the Studio 44 the top three pairs of shoes will be awarded with a winning trophy, certificates and a prize.
1. Prize in worth of € 1.500,-
2. Prize in worth of € 750,-
3. Prize in worth of € 350,-

More information
Submissions received that do not come in the finals will be sent back after the ceremony by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers.

The 15 best shoes are presented a year in Vienna Shoe Museum, 1080 Vienna, Florianigasse 66, and will be sent back in end-April 2017 by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The 15 best shoes contestants will receive an honourable invite from the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers (valid for 2 people) for the ceremony, on April 28, 2016 in the Studio 44. Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs are to be paid by the participants. Please indicate on the registration form if you come alone or with an extra person.

The program:
Saturday April 28, 2016
Ceremony 'Award for the Crazy Shoe 2016 Vienna'

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The winners 2015 are Kirsten Sandvoss 'Käseschuhe' and Heinz Müller 'Alice.
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Tuesday, December 08, 2015 - 70 Contemporary artists are mobilized for Haïti. These nationally and internationally renowned artists have been invited to participate to an auction through the creation of 70 works of art involving textiles, in particular T-shirts as a support, form, tool, theme, concept of creation. These artworks will be on show at Galerie W in Paris from December 10th and will be auctioned the 16th of December.
70 ART FOR HAÏTI
70 ART FOR HAÏTI

Secours Populaire Français (SPF), a well-known French humanitarian association, will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2015. The charity mandated the school Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts (IESA) to organize the charity auction 70 ART FOR HAÏTI in Paris in December 2015. The entire benefice of the auction will be dedicated to SPF to fund the daily life of a school and its students in Haïti.

We have established a partnership with Agnès b. and Uniqlo who accepted to provide the T-shirts for the artists and support the project through their communication campaign.

Amongst the participating artists is also Dutch artist Madeleine Berkhemer, who created again a wonderful shoe sculpture, using a white T-shirt and black leather stilettos. More shoes by Madeleine Berkhemer at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Galerie W Eric Landau Paris
44 Rue Lepic
75018 Paris
France

For more information see 70artforhaiti

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