Visiting the Killer Heels exhibition in the Brooklyn Museum was a nice experience. The exhibit displays a great collection of shoes that are designed by very famous designers. The collection that is displayed in the exhibition shows a very interesting design process and variety of inspiration and techniques.
From all the shoes I saw in my visit to the Killer Heels exhibition, I personally chose this piece, The Scorpio Heels, and that is because I saw this piece before and it caught my attention so I decided I’d make a research on it.
The designer of this shoe is Giuseppe Zanotti. An Italian shoe designer who started his own line after working as a freelance designer for a long period of time with famous designers.
The Scorpio Heels are from the Spring/Summer collection of 2014. Zanotti showed interet in using animals like the Scorpion, of course, and many others like the heels with the crocodiles shown in the picture above.
Also, he used a snake in one of the shoes, designed to be wraped around the ankles, unlike the scorpion and the crocodile where it is in the front.
I think one of the main inspirations in the Scorpio Heels, and this collection in general, is the Italian dagger that represents sharpness and strength.
Taking the shape of the dagger and thinking of representing it in an animal form is quiet interesting. Specially when it comes to Zanotti, who manages to represent his ideas and inspirations in the most elegant way. He also managed to use the perfect size of the scorpion, placed it in the perfect place, and decorated it with Swaravoski craystal that gave the design a magnificent look.
Not only that the front view of the shoe is taking the shape of the dagger, the thin heel itself was inspired by the thinness of the weapon, which shows sophistication and power.
Here’s a view of the very thin heel. Also, the very neat, well-done simplicty of the design could be inspred from the dagger.
Guissepe Zanotti is known for the elegance of his designs that is reflected in the good quality leather he uses. In this heel, Zanotti used an Italian suede leather and soft leather straps. He also used metal in the scorpion form, all covered with Swaravoski crystals.
Sketching the heel allowed me to see the very little details in the shoe. There’s only two straps in the shoe that holds the scorpion in place and fits the foot perfectly. This simplicity requires proficiency , which is what Giuseppe Zanotti is all about.
The sketch also alowed me to see that the scorpion was made of many tiny golden pieces that allows an easy, comfortable movement.
This is a great start! I’m glad you enjoyed the exhibit. I like the connection you make between the weapons (daggers) and shoes. Literally, killer heels! Maybe there is more to say about that metaphor?
I would also like to hear more about the symbolism behind the scorpion in the specific shoe you chose.
And please do more research and give more details about the materials. Don’t assume we know anything.
It’s pleasure to see the research of Giuseppe Zanotti’s heels. I really like the inspiration(daggers) and different designed shoes. However, I would like to know about size of shoes such as how inch of heels. In addition, you should post where information is from.