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Three shoe designs by Alexander McQueen

Three shoe designs by Alexander McQueen

V&A Fashion and Textile Curators discuss three groundbreaking shoe designs from Alexander McQueen’s final catwalk collection, ‘Plato’s Atlantis’ (Spring/Summer 2010) Cheap Alexander McQueen .

Three shoe designs by Alexander McQueen

Widely acclaimed as his finest collection, McQueen’s final runway presentation, Plato’s Atlantis, referenced the legendary island described by the Greek philosopher, which sank into the sea – predicting a future world in which humanity would need to evolve in order to survive. McQueen incorporated cinematic references to sci-fi and fantasy films like Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) and developed a host of new shapes, including the now-iconic Armadillo boot – an entirely new shoe form, without apparent reference to the natural anatomy of the foot; the 3D printed Alien shoe, with its biomorphic, spine-like design, suggesting a sinister combination of biology and mechanics; and the Titanic boot, whose articulated heel and tarnished metal rivets evoke the doomed ocean liner after which it is named.

Three shoe designs by Alexander McQueen

(left to right) Armadillo boot; Alien shoe; Titanic shoe, Alexander McQueen, Plato’s Atlantis Spring/Summer 2010, Uk. Images © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Courtesy of Alexander McQueen

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