On October 25, Rizzoli will release Christian Louboutin’s self titled book, celebrating 20 years of footwear artistry. The retrospective will include a foreword by legendary actor John Malkovich, a chapter detailing Louboutin’s “Fetish” collaboration with filmmaker David Lynch and of course, a complete catalogue of the designer’s work. Beautifully photographed by Phillipe Garcia, the coffee table book features this portrait of Dita Von Teese:
Louboutin uses shoes as a metaphor for character, and matchmaking woman to shoe is one of his favourite games. So, when his great friend Dita Von Teese agreed to pose for a portrait for his new book, he designed a voluptuous chartreuse peep-toe pump with fans of fabric to echo her burlesque persona.
So far, so obvious, but, he goes on: “She has something that you don’t perceive. There is a part of her that is like the American 1950s burlesque star, but she could be almost like a geisha. Physically, people don’t approach her in a familiar way. They have respect, just as if you see a geisha in the street, and you would be surprised by the colour of the skin and the persona.”
- Style, The Sunday Times
Dita is on the cover of the latest issue of The Sunday Times’ magazine Style. To read the entire interview with Christian Louboutin, subscribe to The Times website. I, of course, will have a hard copy in a couple of weeks. For more information on Louboutin’s book, visit Rizzoli.
“Shooting a special project for Christian Louboutin today in Paris! The chartreuse silk+Swarovski shoes he made for me are incredible!!!!♥”
- Dita Von Teese, February 21, 2011