An international shoe designer launched his largest ever collection of fantasy footwear in Northampton last night and presented a special gift to the town.
Israeli designer, Kobi Levi, amazed visitors at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery with the collection, including his ‘double boots’ worn by Lady Gaga for her Born This Way video.
During a special presentation, he also unveiled his exclusive creation in celebration of his visit to Northampton: a pair of high heels based on the theme of the inaugural Women’s Tour which kicked off in the county last month.
Kobi, aged 39, flew to the UK from his home in Tel Aviv earlier this week and said he was very excited to be in Northampton, calling it a “shoe mecca” across the design world.
His stunning range of extreme footwear, mostly created in the last three years, show every day objects transformed into shoes, from animals, to coffee pots, to evil Disney queens - including some more X-rated samples.
He said: “I have always been interested in shoes as they tell us so much about fashion and culture.
“I always wanted the most creative shoes, never the most practical ones that my parents advised.
“Now I have combined normal every day items into shoes, taking inspiration from what is right in front of me rather than looking for something far away.”
The project received a large proportion of it’s funding from the Israeli Embassy, whose councillor for cultural affairs, Iris Ambor, came down from London to attend the event.
She said: “Kobi has a creativity that knows no bounds and his masterpieces are instantly recognisable. We would like to thank Northampton Museum for showcasing his work and giving the arts world the rare chance to celebrate shoe fashion.”
The project also received support from Museum Development East Midlands and Arts Council England.