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Visual Analysis

2663 words - 11 pages

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The garment “Armadillo Shoe” is both typical of its era but also an innovation? How far do you agree or disagree with this statement.


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The garment “Armadillo Shoe” is both typical of its era but also an innovation? How far do you agree or disagree with this statement.

Contents:

Page 2 Introduction

Page 3 - 4 Background

Page 5 - 6 Fantasy or reality?

Page 7 - 8 His legacy

Page 9 Conclusion

Page 10 Reference Page

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It is completely abstract which many people in the fashion industry could not appreciate.

Background:
Alexander McQueen’s Armadillo shoe came out in spring 2010 but was presented in September 2009; the shoe is based on the animal the ‘Armadillo’. This could be because of the texture of the shoe which appears to be rough and spikey; the heavy embellished blue and gold diamonds represent that of the armadillo coat.
The shoes from this collection were incredibly futuristic and difficult to wear. The style of the armadillo shoe had never been seen before, they were very high bulky ballerina inspired shoes almost alien like shoes that matched perfectly the collection and were surprisingly wearable since only the outside design appears to be like you're stepping on your toes. The inside of these remarkable styled shoes is regular, the shoes featuring a high heel and high platform which support the leg. However, as you can see from the visual below and if you visit:
http://www.alexandermcqueen.com/int/en/corporate/archive2009_ss_womens.aspx
You can see that the shoes are clearly very heavy and not very practical to walk in; the walk almost resembles a pony trotting as the toes are weighed down by the weight of the shoe.
His collection, including the shoe was made in ‘Novara which is in Italy which is known for the fine quality of leather. The show itself was mainly leather which came from 3 different suppliers.
The production of the shoe was an innovative and elaborate process lasting five days; it took 30 people to make and passed through three factories. All the shoes were produced in the same factory in Italy.
He wanted to take these shoes to new technological heights and create an exquisite architecture. McQueen once said in an interview he was influenced by 15th century designs and flanders. Shoes from the 15th century were made with solid leather, with very long points and designers would make it a competition to see who would come up with the longest pointed shoes, similar to what McQueen is doing with the size of the heels on these shoes. The shape of the armadillo shoes also look like they have been influenced by ballerina pointed shoes.
These nude coloured leather shoes are decorated with mainly blue studded crystals, which links to his inspiration: Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ which is a scientific literature. McQueen’s vision was to cast a forecast of the futures ecological meltdown of the world by saying ‘humankind is made up of creatures that evolved from the sea, and that we may be heading back to an underwater future as the ice cap melts.’ This is where he got the idea to design a shoe representing an armadillo which are known for their leathery armour shell.
Alexander McQueen Armadillo shoes barely sold in stores. There are only 21 pairs in existence which range in price from $3,900 to $10,000, depending on the style, material and embroidery, according to a clerk at the New York McQueen store. The shoes are...

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