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Shoe exhibition - Shoes Selection #10

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.

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.

Antarctica by Kobi Levi

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.

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

Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2016

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.

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

70 ART FOR HAÏTI

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.

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.

Terrific Fashion

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 A new Italian fashion book about extreme 'Terrific Fashion' by publisher 24 Ore Cultura, composed by editor Cristina Morozzi. A colorful and wide variety of spectaculair and amazing clothing and inspiring accessories. Where the shoes selection was amply, inspired and curated from the Virtual Shoe Museum collection.

Fashion is unstable and voracious. Millstone seasonal trends, revealing a creativity free and uninhibited. Just browse through his history to find examples of this bright recklessness: the surreal Elsa Schiaparelli, friend of Salvador Dalí, Miuccia Prada, Alexander McQueen, creator of spare unsurpassed virtuosity, between the nostalgic and the macabre.

Shoe: Contemporary Footwear by Inspiring Designers

Sunday, November 29, 2015 From stilettoes to brogues, satin to snakeskin, succumb to the overwhelmingly seductive quality of master shoemaking. Shoes have always possessed a remarkable power to provoke emotional, even obsessive connection but today a new generation of creative talent is developing innovative and beruatiful design concepts, making these exciting times for footwear aficionados. Olivier Dupon invites you to succumb to the overwhelmingly seductive quality of master shoemaking.

Review from the Virtual Shoe Museum

FINSK 10th Anniversary Exhibition

Friday, November 20, 2015 The Finnish Institute in London is delighted to host the FINSK’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition, from 12 November to 15 December 2015, at the Institute in King’s Cross. FINSK will showcase its designs on purpose-built installations by Royal College of Art architecture graduates Henry Beech Mole and James Smith from Smith & Beech Mole.

FINSK is the London based label of Finnish shoe designer Julia Lundsten, launched in 2005. Julia is an alumni of the Royal College of Art, where she won the prestigious Manolo Blahnik Award two years consecutively. 'Exquisite', 'divine' and 'perfect' were just some of the superlatives used by Blahnik to describe Lundsten’s shoes.

The FINSK aesthetic comprises contrasting leathers with sculptural wooden heels, Julia has been described as ‘The Eames of footwear’ drawing inspiration from furniture and architecture design.

Various shoes at Meesterlijk

Monday, November 09, 2015 From Friday November 27th till Sunday 29th Meesterlijk will take place in Amsterdam at the Westergasfabriek. During this edition of Meesterlijk you will find various shoe designers, artists and makers. They will share their passion for shoes and show their crafts of shoemaking and leatherwork.

DUTCH SHOE ACADEMY

Shoe Crush at the BurJuman Mall in Dubai

Sunday, November 01, 2015 During the Shoe Crush month, during November 2015, an artistic exhibition from unique and innovative shoes curated by the Virtual Shoe Museum in cooperation with CELS Events are on display at the BurJuman Mall in Dubai.

The exhibition hosts sixty pairs of unique and bizarre shoes that were inspired by nature, iconic architecture, fine art and fashion trends. These pieces of art are designed by notorious designers and students from all over the world, known for their creativity and bold stance, due to the fact that they enjoyed expertise in different creative streams such as fashion design, engineering, fine art and others.

LEV’01

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 This autumn Dutch shoes designers Swart & Rademaker introduce there new brand 'LEV'01. Liesel Swart and Dorien Rademaker know each other from the Dutch Shoe Academy. Liesel is a teacher shoe techniques and design and Dorien is a graduate shoemaker. Together they have teamed up to follow their passion and realize their dream: their own label: LEV’01.

They created a robust timeless felt boot that is also elegant. Its natural material felt provides comfort and warmth and is also sturdy and strong. Felt naturally repels moisture and dirt. The design LEV’01 ensures that the felt upper with contemporary sole and heel coalesces into a modern boot. It's characterized by simplicity and elegance, while providing quality and comfort. Attention to craftsmanship, design and materials make the difference.

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