Lost Civilisations

Lost Civilisations

I've finally crawled out of popular cultural hibernation and caught up with the gratuitous ball of fun that is Game of Thrones.  It's a lot of boobs and blood but it's beautifully produced, well-shot boobs and blood, so apparently that makes it ok.  Therefore when Anastasia Radevich's new shoe collection popped up in my inbox, entitled "Lost Civilisations" where lands and far-removed in time and space are resurrected in shoe-form, I couldn't help but sneakily think of the mythical lands that I've been gorging on in my time of procrastination.

No such lowbrow references for Radevich though.  She uses this collection of shoes to explore the civilisations of the past, present and future, initially spurred by listening to David Christian's Big History.  For the past civilisations, she looks to the seasunk cities of Alexandria, Gulf of Cambay and Yonaguni as well as the mythical Atlantis and looks at how they were doomed to vanish due to rising sea levels.  She then looks at the present state of the earth, commenting on environmental issues and the mistreatment of the planet.  Finally, the future will give way to a rebirth of the Earth as she imagines a second ice age, when the planet resets itself in a very pure state of nature. 

That's a lot of talk to interpret in a collection of shoes and the only way Radevich is able to achieve this lofty talk of lost civilisations is to cram in as many experimental techniques as possible.  Radevich was kind enough to share some glimpses into her shoe laboratory, where she has ovens, chemicals and mysterious glass jars, that bring her intricate sketches and otherworldly visions to life.  Radevich has never been one to shy away from the complicate route of doing things with previous shoe collections including LED light-embedded mesh and curved 3-D printed heels, but this is possibly her most ambitious collection yet where each shoe has to be produced singularly and individually to achieve the aged appearance that fits into her narrative.  "The challenge was to reflect an abstract concept in the shapes and details of a shoe.  I then developed the details of the piece and selected the materials and experimented with texture and the appearance.  I thought of the strength of design and how it had to support the message AND convey the mystery to draw the viewer to the shoe piece.  So I reinforced that message with nontraditional methods of sculpting of components of the shoes."




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Sketch book 1

Sketch book

The Past civilisations are interpreted with sea-sunk heels that look like they were excavated in marine biology missions as the metal heels were galvanised and then rusted in an innovative process in shoe making.  3-D sculpting further refines the curved and organic shapes that Radevich is a fan of and she has experimented with clay-like and mother of pearl coatings to make the shoes appear even more like they've been dug out of a tomb somewhere. 


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The present state of the earth are represented by Meccano-esque heels that a demented robot queen might wear in a fictional tale of the rise of the machines.  The leather and silk uppers in this series of shoes have been screen-printed with images that depict disasters like oil spills, land mines and atomic bombs.  A more literal manifestation is the heel that reads "This Will Destroy You".  "It took about a week to arrange the letters for the "THIS WILL DESTROY YOU" shoe properly. I experimented with the fimo clay and was very close to giving up, but realised that I could do a mock up using regular paper."


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The last part which leads on to the future is a serene ending to this turbulent collection.  Radevich imagines an earth frozen over.  Yes, I can't help but think of that spectacular opening scene in the first episode of Game of Thrones, where you see The Wall separating North and South.  "The carved resin heels from the "Future" part were sculpted in 3D, this was the only method to achieve a perfect symmetry and balance."  3-D printing is a process that I've been thinking about a lot, wondering how soon we are to seeing garments come to life from screen to reality.  Right now, Radevich is still in the fashion industry minority of using it in their work but she might be on to something with her crazed laboratory experimentations. 

Her work is highly singular and in a way, alienating to how the majority of shoe designers work and possibibly to potential customers as well but Radevich's niche is something to be commended from an innovation point of view.







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  1. Haidee

    2012-04-13 at 5:12 PM

    They look incredible I love the underwater one amazing

  2. Joana Gomes

    2012-04-13 at 5:22 PM

    ~I literally got chills in my spine (and skin) when seeing these photos. She is simply brilliant (in my opinion). The coral-like heels are so gorgeous, and the industrial-looking heel is so cool.
    xo Joana

  3. Marina :)

    2012-04-13 at 5:36 PM

    beautiful. she is so talented

  4. elizabeth

    2012-04-13 at 5:37 PM

    Absolutely incredible. This is true creativity and an amazing talent. I am stunned by the beauty and originality of these shoes!

  5. Duck

    2012-04-13 at 5:53 PM

    Wowwwweeee these are incredible!! That first pair with the sequins growing out of the heels…amazing! Chanel should’ve got her to whip up the accessories for the last collection.
    I too have managed to avoid Game of Thrones thus far. Will I make it to the finishing line without ever finding out what it’s even about? We’ll see… At least the “boobs and blood” description is still turning me off.

  6. kate

    2012-04-13 at 5:54 PM

    i think these are some of the mmst amazing shoes i have ever seen.

  7. Naomi Adeola

    2012-04-13 at 6:23 PM


  8. sgh

    2012-04-13 at 6:28 PM

    they are very interesting but they look inpossible to walk in. i must admit that that is repelling. (at least to me, im sure there are plenty girls that are perfectly happy with a shoe you can only sort of stand in, which confuses me greatly but thats another story…) honestly, i dont know what to think of them, i like the design elements and the look, but hate what they are for and would never wear such shoe…

  9. cca.

    2012-04-13 at 6:53 PM

    so amazing. Love true art

  10. sa

    2012-04-13 at 7:36 PM

    Why doesn’t she just make sculptures and forget the shoe part? Am I missing something?

  11. Stine Mo

    2012-04-13 at 7:51 PM

    Anastasia Radevich is insane. In the good way!

  12. Sophie

    2012-04-13 at 8:31 PM

    These shoes are incredible – great post!

  13. Anastasios

    2012-04-13 at 9:03 PM

    Anastasia is a real artist! I check her creations for some time now (many times mentioned and depicted by Luxirare too) and I was always amazed!
    Great of you dedicating such a big and great post to her dear 🙂

  14. Nathan Niche

    2012-04-13 at 9:43 PM

    omg i love this girl! she is so creative and it’s stunning what she comes up with and how she executes this. and cute idea to comment of the earth’s states which is apparent in the dialog the shoes speak of.
    im in AWE with the coral rust heels!!! and love the sequins bursting out on the edge. also totes adoring the other coral ones like the all white one and even the sculptural heels where the entire base of it is some futuristic zaha hadid like architecture.
    does anyone else feel that if Alexander Mcqueen was still alive he’d hire her?
    thanks susie for shinning a light on this talented girl!
    xx nathan.niche

  15. Dorothy

    2012-04-13 at 10:02 PM

    Love that you’re watching Game of Thrones! I think it’s much more than boobs and blood- there’s real meaty storytelling and fascinating characters.

  16. silvia in venice

    2012-04-13 at 10:25 PM

    amazing! I would like to hove a pair of this as a sculpture in my house!
    from Venice…

  17. Serdane

    2012-04-13 at 10:35 PM

    i think that Alexander McQueen would be happy if he’d see that. i love the mix between modernism art and future and past as you said ! Very inspiring !!

  18. susie_bubble

    2012-04-13 at 10:52 PM

    This is more of a conceptual collection that I suppose isn’t really made for market given that they can only be made one by one on a singular basis. She has made more commercial styles which are 100% walkable. I have a pair of these furry boots with a curved heel which I wear all the time (https://stylebubble.co.uk/style_bubble/2011/02/skirt-resurrection.html)
    I suppose this relates to what another commenter has said, which is that perhaps Radevich should concentrate on sculpture rather than shoes. That said, I think there is something quite innovative in experimenting with techniques like metal galvanisation/rusting and leather photographic printing within a shoe context. This could be the jump off point to something more wearable and commercial.

  19. susie_bubble

    2012-04-13 at 10:57 PM

    I think the point is that Radevich is experimenting with this collection. As I said above, she has more commercial pieces up her sleeve but with this collection, she’s concerned more with a narrative and experimenting with textures and techniques that have not been used in shoe design before. That’s not to say that they CAN’T be used in more commercial designs – for instance, the 3D printing is definitely something I think will pave the way for future apparel/product design. I think we can look at this collection as a jump off point, something that showcases Radevich’s innovation and visionary approach, as opposed to a collection that people would immediately buy into as an end-product.

  20. sgh

    2012-04-13 at 11:48 PM

    I agree there, this could be a good jump off point to something like you said more wearable and commercial or id rather say more people loving. There are interesting elements in those shoe-sculptures that i wouldnt at all mmind seeing as a part of a confortable shoe.

  21. Christine

    2012-04-14 at 12:14 AM

    Pure art. Amazing how she’s found inspiration in the evolution of history and mankind.

  22. Amy Rose

    2012-04-14 at 12:21 AM

    So beautifully sculptured ans raw… I love them!
    Amy Rose xxx

  23. Genevieve

    2012-04-14 at 8:06 AM

    Incredible work, some of the shapes remind me of McQueen’s ‘alien’ heels, although it’s like she’s gone beyond that and made these wonderful art pieces that are also functional. I really love that you threw in some pictures of her sketchbook to see how her inspiration evolved 🙂

  24. Shauna

    2012-04-14 at 9:12 AM

    I’ve seen some of your previous references to 3D printing and need to mention Iris van Herpen’s designs in this context. During her exhibition in the Utrecht Central Museum last year you could view a 3D printer making one of her skeletal ‘tops’. It was pretty amazing.

  25. susie_bubble

    2012-04-14 at 9:43 AM

    Yes i posted about Iris van Herpen’s 3D printing collaboration with Materialise a while ago…. Its very fascinating stuff

  26. Bonnie, Clyde and Marni

    2012-04-14 at 12:29 PM
  27. Suzi

    2012-04-14 at 1:18 PM

    It was really bizarre Susie that after reading this post I could have, may have cried…a little. Thinking of how much we have “hurt” our earth or coud potentially destroy it. This is the best post I have read of yours to date in my opinion. You have really nailed it with the way you expressed the ideals behind this fabulously creative and awe-inspiring artist.
    Thanks so much sweetheart. x
    Suzi x
    For the Love of Audrey

  28. alilaw@hotmail.co.uk

    2012-04-14 at 1:27 PM

    These shoes are so amazing- real art in the from of design! great find.
    please take a look at my styling blog

  29. deadlyinlove

    2012-04-14 at 2:35 PM

    OMG,I’m amazed, I have no words 😐

  30. Ana

    2012-04-14 at 4:36 PM

    Yes! Yes! Sweet Lord, YES!
    I have been in love with her shoes ever since I saw her LED one and its magical heel, and with each new collection she makes me fall for her all over again.

  31. Huliganjetta's lifestyle blog

    2012-04-14 at 6:00 PM

    Her shoes are totally awesome.

  32. Deadly Bite

    2012-04-15 at 1:08 AM

    Wow… I’m not a fan of high heels in real life, but I have to admit this girl’s got a huge imagination 😀
    Love! xx

  33. Shelley

    2012-04-16 at 4:44 AM

    As another poster mentioned, I think Alexander McQueen would have loved these shoes! They are perfectly stunning pieces of art, and I applaud what she’s doing using a shoe as the jumping off point. It would be wonderful if they were functional as well, but to me, they don’t look any harder to walk in then the 6 inch stiletto heels I see in the stores.

  34. january

    2012-04-16 at 12:36 PM

    love the first stalagtite one best i think! everything is so intricate, it’s mesmerising.
    january, x

  35. Lieuteanna

    2012-04-17 at 6:30 PM

    Just one word: WOW :))

  36. Shoes Online

    2012-04-18 at 6:52 AM

    Super trendy!!!!
    Creativity at its best 🙂

  37. Joanne

    2012-04-20 at 1:27 AM

    These shoes are amazing.. they are actual pieces of art.. your would feel bad wearing them.. I would want them on display in my house!! 😀
    also I love Game of Thrones its so addictive!

  38. Anna

    2012-05-06 at 8:21 AM

    Fantastic shoes! I want them! <3

  39. modernsky

    2012-05-21 at 7:48 AM

    such a beautiful outfit love those shoes with it so gorgeous!

  40. Lizzie Chilton

    2013-03-01 at 7:20 PM

    OMG!!! Major shoe girl here…these are the coolest shoes I have seen in my life!! Icould use some of these now…

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