Iva Minkova Footwear

Iva Minkova creates a breathtaking mix of unexpected shoe materials: leather, glass, metal, acrylic and concrete for modern day City Cinderellas. Her collection for the 2013 RCA Show was futuristic, sculptural and awe-inspiring.

She studied at the  Royal Academy of the Arts in Antwerp and at the Sorbonne University in Paris, she interned for Balenciaga, assisted Hecto Castro and Demna Gvasalia. She was a finalist for Perfume Project for Joop!, won the Ossie Clark Award in 2012 and was a runner up for the Manolo Blahnik Award in 2012.

Above:  leather+ acrylic+ glass+ metal heel+ Rob Fawcett

 leather+ acrylic+ glass+ metal heel+ Rob Fawcett

“We are organic disruptions in this man-made world we’ve created, a world built on the raw beauty of concrete, glass, metal.

Those form an equilibrium in a city that is both majestically solid and incredibly vulnerable. The women that walk through the city, balancing on stilts, reflect this mysterious state of simultaneous hopeless vulnerability and empowerment. Glass scattered on the pavement, reflecting the light like diamonds, becomes their adornment. Stacked broken glass becomes strong under their feet and the concrete thins out to become fragile soles held together by leather.

The world is both hard and cracking, solid and brittle, powerful, yet vulnerable and so are these city cinderellas – sensual, fragile beings of inner strength, perfectly at home among the glass towers and cement walls, needing no one but still hoping for support.” says the collection’s description on RCA’s website.

 leather+ acrylic+ glass+ metal heel+ Rob Fawcett

 

 City Cinderellas – Glass Shoe
Footwear: acrylic, glass and stingray leather. Photograph by Yeun Hsieh

 City Cinderellas – Glass Shoe
Footwear: acrylic, glass and stingray leather. Photograph by Yeun Hsieh

 City Cinderellas – Glass Shoe
Footwear: acrylic, glass and stingray leather. Photograph by Yeun Hsieh

 leather+ Bonaudo s.p.a. acrylic+ glass+ Dan Bowran + concrete

 Counter-lever python heel, Pre-collection 2013

 Counter-lever python heel, Pre-collection 2013

 leather+ Bodin Joyeux + metal heel+ Juri Karinen

  leather+ Bodin Joyeux + metal heel+ Juri Karinen

 leather+ Bodin Joyeux + metal heel+ Juri Karinen

   leather+ Bonaudo s.p.a, Bodin Joyeux + glass+ heel+ Juri Karinen

 Manolo Blahnik project

 Manolo Blahnik project

 Manolo Blahnik project

 Manolo Blahnik project

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