Last Christmas my Mother gave me the Christian Louboutin book. 350 pages filled with stunning images and breath-taking design, made even more special by the fact it’s signed by the designer himself! The book celebrates Louboutins 20th anniversary and as expected it oozes pure luxury. With pop-up surprises, interviews with Mr. Louboutin and David Lynch’s photo story of the “Fetish” collection it’s definitely become my favourite go-to book for inspiration. I cannot emphasise the quality of this book, the overall finish puts most other reads to shame and it stands as a piece of artwork in itself.
A large section of the book features Louboutins biography with personal interviews discussing his life, influences, travels and teenage years. He talks about working for Chanel, YSL and even his career as a landscape gardener. His charming personality really shines through here. This section is adorned with personal never-before-seen photos of his childhood (he was SUCH a cutie), his first shoe designs and the showgirls who inspired him. Another section shows some of his most iconic shoes since he started designing, all displayed through striking photos. In one chapter the reader is given the privilege of viewing the astounding interior inside Louboutins homes in Paris, Egypt and Luxor. There is also a wonderful photo story that documents the making of a converted Louboutin, and behind the scene photos and descriptions of his personal studio.
My favourite chapter is “Fetish.” The shoes were made for an exhibition of the same name in Paris. Louboutin collaborated with photographer David Lynch to capture the design and fetish function of the shoes. The reason why I adore this collection is simply because of its underlying purpose. Some shoes inflict pain or tension whilst wearing them whilst others actually prevent the wearer from walking, leaving her helpless and dominated. Other shoes actually control the bodies position and form, which I think is incredible – a shoe that controls the wearers entire physical form. Louboutin is a creative genius and this collection goes past fashion, it is pure design. Images of the shoes are accompanied by a series of tastefully erotic photos by David Lynch.
The final section shows beautiful photos of 120 shoes, which makes the perfect finish for this exquisite book.
Even though this book was bought nearly a year ago now, it has remained one of my favourite belongings and my passion for its contents has been ignited thanks to the Christian Louboutin exhibition at the Design museum. But that’s another blog post! (:
You can purchase the Christian Louboutin book here.