Diana 1997

Deborah Kiwi

Part of the ‘Diana Collection’, series of three pairs of footwear looks at Princess Diana, the female icon of her time, as a symbol of innocence, worship and eventually sacrifice. Addressing the contradiction of an adoring, enchanted public, which was hungry for affection to the point of placing our protagonist in an impossible, destructive situation, 2020.

The shoes in this capsule collection place the foot in that impossible position, endlessly tip toeing a fine line. It replaces balance and ease for constant restraint and discomfort. And yet, we can’t help but wonder what is it like to walk in those shoes. Could we pull it off and how painful would it be?

The third and final shoe is a freer, more confident and autonomous design. The soft shape of the asymmetric, shiny collar, aims to give a feminine, glamorous feeling. However, it equally plays the mournful, more ominous part of portraying the bronze, static statue that is left behind after the tragic loss of a beloved historical figure.

Material: leather.

© Deborah Kiwi.


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