As part of Christie’s Handbags & Accessories auction, which run from 14 July through 23 July, three pairs of the Armadillo Boot have been authentically reproduced exclusively for the auction, with 100 per cent of the net amount from the auction sale of the boots to be donated by Alexander McQueen to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in order to support earthquake relief efforts in Nepal. For the first time since the 2010 collection, the Armadillo Boot has been handcrafted in Italy from both wood and authentic Python skin.
While the clothes for his Plato’s Atlantis collection (McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2010), and the innovation behind it, showed digital prints with microscopic details of animal skins, his shoes for this collection were the standout. Named ‘The Armadillo Boot’ and made specifically for the runway (except for a few for his friends who managed to snag a coveted pair), only a total of 21 pairs were ever created.
The collection is one that has been celebrated for his stance on the ecological state of the world at the time: through design, he indicated that our universe is composed for figures that evolved from underwater and if the ice caps continue to dissolve, we may be going back to the origins of humanity. That, in his eyes at least, was the forecast of the show.
Each shoe’s estimated price ranged between USD 10,000 – 15,000.
Text and image source: Christie’s