Futurism could be appreciated via art, architecture, clothing, apparel even make up, but not many designers have been bold enough to attempt futurism with footwear due to the wearability factor. But of course not many of them are Chau Har Lee. The London based footwear designer Chau Har Lee is definitely from the hottest of the season for her fierce and unforeseen designs. She graduated from her MA degree at Royal College of Art on women’s footwear. Afterwards, she worked with many names including Nicole Farhi and Camper as an accessories designer and nowadays she works with the famous shoe design team; Bally.-Her designs could be found in stores in early 2011 and with made to order from Selfridges London.
Chau Har Lee’s designs are conceptual within themselves and not conforming to the fashion dogmas of fashion, especially on footwear. Without disregarding daily wearability, Lee designs shoes that are beyond limits of fashion and she accomplishes this by employing a crossover of making and manufacturing processes of other design field other than footwear. She uses this comparison to make better sense of her concept for the collections and in order to set the limits of breaking the boundaries of design. Her accomplishments have been fully regarded by the awards she earned due to her prodigious designs. She won the ITS8 Accessories Collection of the Year award in 2009 and she became the Prize Winner in Manolo Blahnik Award RCA in 2009 and she names, getting an award from Manolo Blahnik himself as the highlight of her career up until now. The birds of a feather flock together, hence the collaboration between the outstanding designer and the out of the ordinary photographer is a perfect match. Her latest collection have been advertised by photos of Viktor Vauthier and he for sure made this as distinct as possible. Chau Har Lee’s futurism for the footwear movement will be ‘a next best thing’ cause no one can really say no to an unknown from the future, right?
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