Vacuum Identity by Raffaello Scardigli

published in: Fashion By Lauren Del Vecchio, 24 September 2010

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Image Courtesy of Raffaello Scardigli

The shoes of Raffaello Scardigli seem as though they should be admired rather than worn.  The sleek design, the sculptural approach, and the intense black leather make you stare just a little bit longer. 
Sure, the sculpture is familiar because it is a shoe. Yet, there is something about Scardigli’s work that bends the mind. 


sketches by Raffaello Scardigli

Image Courtesy of Raffaello Scardigli

Scardigli, a graphic and shoe designer studied shoes and accessories design at Polimoda in Florence, Italy.  It was there he started to use shoe design as a means to express the concept of “vacuum identity”.  Scardigli’s pieces are handcrafted leather sculptures with a nod to the futuristic as well as high fashion –one wouldn’t be surprised to see them on a runway in New York or Milan.  They simultaneously exist in the art world and the fashion world making a case that fashion is indeed wearable art. 
The designer’s inspirations come from a view of the body and identity in our present world.  He plays with volume, flattening the shoes to produce an illusion where the object seems to reproduce itself “doubting its reality”.

Image Courtesy of Raffaello Scardigli

 

Sketches by Raffaello Scardigli

I see the shoe as one block only.  Its shape and its volume are directly molded in leather reducing sewing and cuts.  Only a volume remains of the shoe, a relief on a flat surface… The identity of shoes is restricted only to a sensation. Its figure vanishes and takes geometric shape becoming like a memory in a photo frame”.

Image Courtesy of Raffaello Scardigli

Sketches by Raffaello Scardigli

Image Courtesy of Raffaello Scardigli

Image Courtesy of Raffaello Scardigli

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  • friend
    Joseph Walsh | 2010-09-26 14:57:42

    Congrats Raffa, very cool!

  • friend
    Rushka B. | 2010-11-18 00:11:50

    amazing ......love!!!!!!!!

  • friend
    Jana sprogis | 2013-04-18 23:43:55

    Hi!!! Love and admire your brilliant work!!! Looking for the black cross heeled shoes from Txema Yestes Spanish bazaar shoot few years ago????? Help. : ))))

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