Designed by Martin Margiela (Belgian, born 1957)
Leather, plastic; L. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Gift of Maison Martin Margiela, 1998 (1998.519f,g)
Martin Margiela's innovative work exemplifies a return to the raw materials of dress and often exchanges finish and finesse for something more akin to process in modern art. Exposed lining and frayed threads figure prominently in Margiela's garments, both as a testament to their internal construction and a challenge to conventional notions of fashion and couture. Margiela is part of a contemporary group of avant-garde Belgium designers that also includes Dirk Bikkembergs (born 1962) and Ann Demeulemeester (born 1959). These shoes, worn on the fashion runway, were attached to the model's feet with clear packing tape and defy the accepted practices of footwear construction.