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Architect turns to fashion design

on Friday,March 27,2009 19:03

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As if taking a cue from Coco Chanel''s famous quip that fashion is architecture, and that it is a matter of proportions, architect Frank Gehry has recently ventured into the field of shoe design.

At the invitation of French luxury shoe company J.M. Weston, Gehry created two pairs of ankle-high leather boots - one black and one black-and-white pair, with buttons running down the side, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"We feel there is a close synergy between the worlds of architecture and shoe design," Michael Blanchard, a spokesperson for J.M. Weston, told WSJ.

"They share similar qualities through technique, design and shape," he added.

The famed architect''s new project exemplifies what seems like a growing interest in transcending the boundaries between different types of design.

Earlier this year, he teamed up with designers such as Paloma Picasso to promote a sustainable jewelry collection under the banner of Coral Reinvented.

The project, spearheaded by SeaWeb''s Too Precious to Wear campaign, aims to raise awareness about the dangers facing the marine environment, and the jewelry utilizes coral alternatives rather than authentic material harvested from the oceans.

Gehry is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect and designer of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
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