Sunday, April 21, 2013

Kei Kagami

Kei Kagami has been designing shoes for over a decade but few are sold in retail outlets. Whilst a student of architecture in Japan he alsotrained as a tailor. He moved to London in the late 1980s to work with John Galliano and then completed a master’s degree at Central St Martins School of Art and Design. He worked as a freelance designer until 1997 then began designing under his own name and started designing shoes. Kagami’s works are much influenced by Japanese designer Tokio Kumagai’s mixture of playfulness and surrealism. His main inspiration is taken from futurism, de-constructivism, and architectonics. Kagami strives to incoprporate unusual materials and these play a major part in determining the shoe designs. Be it molded fiberglass or metal the effect is beautiful, and means that each pair of shoes is different. One other aspect of his design comes from his interest in the space between the heel of the foot and the floor. The designer uses this space to create original and intriguing silhouettes. Currently there is a touring exhibition which displays a ten year retrospective of his shoes.

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