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Deborah Kiwi Diana Shoe

Diana 1977 - Diana Collection

Material: leather with hand embroidery / Year: 2020

About the collection:

This series of three pairs of footwear, looks at Princess Diana as a symbol of innocence, worship and eventually sacrifice. Addressing our reckless attitude towards what we love most, this female icon was adored by an enchanted public. Hungry for affection, to the point of placing our protagonist in an impossible and destructive situation.


The shoes in this capsule collection place the foot in that impossible, broken position. Constantly tip toeing a fine line. It replaces balance and ease for consistent restraint and discomfort. And yet, we can’t help but wonder what it is like to walk in those shoes. Could we pull it off and how painful would it be?

About this design:

Taking inspiration from the world of ballet, which we associate with both perfect softness and fierce determination, the first design depicts Diana and her beginning love story. The public eye wanted to see pure and untainted innocence, while intruding and aggravating the situation simultaneously. The contrast of the broken ballerina toe, which is maintained throughout the entire collection, and the soft, carefully handcrafted ribbon, is a manifestation of things to come.

Deborah Kiwi shoe art detail
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