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Lynch teams with Louboutin

Shoe designer Christian Louboutin and movie director David Lynch joined forces on a photogrpahy exhibition of fetish shoes, which opened at the Galerie du Passage in Paris, France in 2007. Louboutin designed the shoes, Lynch spent two days taking the pictures.

Shoe designer Christian Louboutin and movie director David Lynch joined forces on a photogrpahy exhibition of fetish shoes, which opened at the Galerie du Passage in Paris, France in 2007. Louboutin designed the shoes, Lynch spent two days taking the pictures.

Louboutin explains how the project started: David Lynch had a big exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in Paris and he asked me to do some shoes for it. Out of that, I thought of asking him to do some photographs for me -- he's my favorite director. I said, 'I'm thinking of designing fetish shoes for you,' and he didn't let me finish my sentence. He said yes right away.

Christian Louboutin Fetish project

Fetish by Louboutin.


Christian Louboutin Fetish project

Lynch-Louboutin. High heels


Christian Louboutin Fetish project

Lynch-Louboutin. High heels


Louboutin fetish shoes

Lynch-Louboutin. High heels


Christian Louboutin Fetish project

Louboutin-Lynch shoe. High heels


Christian Louboutin Fetish project

Louboutin and Lynch. High heels


Static pleasure

I've always heard about shoe fetishists, both men and women. It became a sort of exercise, one that allows me to do things I can't do in my regular line. Making these shoes is closer to my primary joy, my drawing, because they're devoted to static pleasure; there's no motion, they're for the bed. Real-life shoes are less like your imagination.

He describes working with Lynch as a full process with two people. David has a huge will to please a person; he's really dedicated. I stayed the whole two days -- I'm even in some of the pictures.

No bones

Lynch wanted to use full-bodied females. He said, 'No bones.' He didn't want the girls to be too skinny, so we chose two models from the Crazy Horse. And he asked for sunglasses that would look like the black bar over girls' faces in pornography from the twenties and thirties, so we built the glasses in my atelier.

As a fetishist of operetta, I chose the models for their grace and their beauty, but also for their curves. Their very white skins, their very dark eyes and their brilliant mouths were added into the aesthetic of Lynch, which has fetishist accents: the lacerated body of Isabella Rosselini in Blue Velvet, or this atmosphere of anguish where blood is never shed. Or these curtains with symmetrical folds. David Lynch made as usual a populated landscape of shadows.

Shoes are erotic

In Louboutin's mind, shoes are very closely associated with the erotic: Many only see shoes as a functional accessory to enable walking. However, some are made to run, others to swim ... some are made for pleasure. If there is an element of fetishism in a wardrobe, it is the female shoe, even without stilettos. It has appearance of an indian totem.

The female shoe is an object of worship that leads to rituals. I had been thinking about shoe-sculptures, not made to be worn but to reveal what is the most beautiful: the curves of the feet. David Lynch gave me his agreement. He saw a sofa, roses, a lamp and a girl. He saw what I did not see. The image was already in his mind. The photographs were taken within two days in Paris.

Portrayal of flesh

To my surprise, David worked like a choreographer. He had the enthusiasm of a student from art school, and the religious power of Pollock or Picasso. His images are endowed with a pictorial dimension: they remind me of Bellmer and Bacon, but also Boldini, in the way flesh is portrayed.

Not only Lynch's photos were for sale, but also the shoes. At first, they weren't going to be. But there were so many people who wanted to buy a photograph and the shoes in it. So, there are five prints of each photo, and five pairs of corresponding fetish shoes available.

Buy David Lynch movies: Blue Velvet (Special Edition), David Lynch The Lime Green Set , Twin Peaks - The Definitive Gold Box Edition (The Complete Series), Eraserhead.

By Athina Simonidou