Published on October 5th, 2012 | by No Artificial
Stilettos Made With Rice
Julia Skergeth, a Kingston University fashion student, has turned the traditional stiletto on its head for her sustainable project that was shown at London Fashion Week’s largest independent showcase, Vauxhall Fashion Scout.
As part of Kingston’s MA course, all students are challenged to create sustainable luxury fashion by InCrops, a not-for-profit bio-renewables enterprise based at the University of East Anglia.
Julia, who originally came from Salzburg in Austria, concentrated on alternative plant-based materials and she came up with the idea of using rice as her main source.
The young designer experimented using the shape of the rice on a template, spending weeks gluing on individual grains to create complex geometric shapes.
“The grains of rice leave an imprint in the silicon mould which is revealed again when I fill it with bio-resin,” Julia explained. “Bio-resin dries crystal clear, so I also took the opportunity to feature the rice again by pouring it in to the liquid. Floating to the bottom, it reinforces the spiky shapes it had already created on the exterior.”
Skergeth not only caught the judges’ attention by focusing on alternative plant-based materials—she’s experimented with pistachio shells and coffee beans in the past—but also by flipping the typical sloping shape of the high heel back to front. “I just love crystals, diamonds, and all the sparkly embellishments that finish so many luxury fashion items,” Skergeth says. “This project, however, asked us to create sustainable luxury, so I had to really think about how I could keep the materials and approach green but still make eye-catching designs.”