One To Watch: Kira Goodey
Originally from the other side of the world, working as a costume maker and fashion designer, Goodey transitioned to London to pursue the position of the print designer under the legendary helm of Alexander McQueen. An apprenticeship focusing on shoemaking with bespoke London based shoemakers Paul Thomas and Iliaz Iliazi followed.
Traditional craftsmanship is the fundamental and creative foundation that encompasses Kira’s aesthetic, with a strong sense of precision, quality and individual artistic expression that is unquestionably evident throughout. The upcoming designer who has recently been awarded a Master’s degree in footwear at London’s Royal College of Art ensures that no two pairs of shoes are ever the same, applying pioneering experimentations with both conformist and novel materials.
Despite being all completely functional, Goodey never objects to pushing the boundaries with regard to her creative design limits, infusing a sculptural sensibility amid her highly eye-catching works. Reminiscent of McQueen’s masterpieces and underlying ideologies, Zoe’s shoes blur the lines between dark and light, good and evil, virtue and vice. Fetishist symbolism juxtaposed with a bold colour palette further portrays her idiosyncratic vision. The range of footwear’s evokes a somewhat alluring, aggressive sexuality that offer intimidating yet comical qualities.
Goodey’s recent works have been in collaboration with Berlin-based womenswear brand Namilia’s SS18 collection. Entitled “The Indiscreet Jewels”, the conceptually beautiful collection crafted between both Royal College of Art graduates was unveiled with anticipation during New York Fashion Week. Hints of fetish, historicism and couture finery result in the audacious and rebellious nature of the shoes. The shocking sight of the platform silhouette that occupies a devilish 12-inch heel transpires as a striking standout amid the visually intoxicating collection!
Images courtesy of Kira Goodey