Final collection for the BA (Hons) in Cordwainers Footwear: PD&D at London College of Fashion: First Class Honours, 2015.
From the late 1970s to the early 1990s a generation of queer personalities redefined the fashion industry of Postmodernity. After decades of censorship and a ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ attitude in every professional context a creative catharsis took place in most design capitals of the Western World: London, Milan, New York, Madrid… The art, fashion, cinema and music of this time and the gay men behind it have always been my greatest source of inspiration and by far my favourite topic to research and learn about. Unfortunately and very sadly they had the disgrace to live the outburst of AIDS without knowing how to prevent it, which put a lot of them in early graves and stole their genius minds from the rest of society. The purpose of this collection is to pay homage to them by creating women’s shoes inspired by their unique talent. The list of 8 personalities to focus on include: Antonio López, Franco Moschino, Keith Haring, Patrick Kelly, Klaus Nomi, Leigh Bowery, Gianni Versace and Roy Halston.