Kelly Sant

Liz de Havilland wearing ‘Electra’ designed by her husband, Terry de Havilland

Terry made these particular shoes for Liz as her ‘one week’ wedding anniversary present, because he was too busy to make her any wedding shoes when they got married! They are made out of suede and python.

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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