Kelly Sant

Alison wearing her mules designed by Chanel.

Bought by daughter Kate for her mum… or should I say practically snatched from the hands of the editor of Vogue at a sample sale! Alison has only worn these shoes out once – to make this portrait, to her they are a work of art, she is saving a public outing for a special event in the future, you might see her in them here…

Part of Soles exposed: 21 women in their favourite shoes
(January 2005, Adam Street Gallery, London)

This show featured paintings of 21 women in their favourite shoes, by artist and designer Kelly Sant. Kelly has painted the feet of some of the leading lights of the design and fashion worlds, each clad in their favourite shoes. From design curators, to stylists, to the muse of a 70s shoe designer, each has chosen the shoes that they feel best sum them up. Essentially these are portraits of feet, some defiant, some coy, some strident, some sexual: each painting richly conveys the essence and personality of their owner. Yet each portrait ends at calf level, tantalising the viewer with suggestions of what is not revealed.

photo: Mehdi Teimory

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