Alexander McQueen shoes restored to commemorate 10th anniversary of his death_1


Ten pairs of vintage Alexander McQueen shoes have been restored to mark the 10th anniversary of the fashion designer’s death.

The British fashion designer and couturier, who founded his eponymous label in 1992 and headed up Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, passed away at his home in London on 11 February 2010 at the age of 40.

On Tuesday, the tenth anniversary of his death, vintage fashion specialists William Vintage announced that they had curated a special collection of McQueen shoes.

They partnered with luxury repair service The Restory to restore and revive 10 pairs of McQueen footwear, which had been sourced from anonymous individual’s private collection, before selling them at auction.

The collection includes sandals, heels, and boots made between 1998 and 2002, such as a pair of black and blue backless heels from spring/summer 2001, black heels from spring/summer 2002, beige wedged boots from autumn/winter 2000, and red and black heeled boots from autumn/winter 1998.

Many of them featured in his catwalk shoes and still retain the original stickers on the inside of the footwear. The most notable piece in the collection is the white and brown sandals Shalom Harlow wore while her dress was being spray-painted by robots during the spring/summer 1999 show.

“We’ve never done shoes that are vintage before but when I saw them, I just knew I had to put them out there, they are so great,” William Vintage chief executive officer Marie Blanchet told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “When I got them, the shoes were not in the best condition, and The Restory did an amazing (job) to revive them.”

The restored shoes went on sale at the William Vintage store in London on Tuesday. The pieces are priced between $260 (£200) and $1,300 (£1,000).

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