Toshelen Cherrie is a New Zealand footwear design living and working in London. She is a first class honours graduate of Massey University College of Creative Arts fashion programme. Toshelen subsequently completed MA in footwear design at one of the worlds foremost design academies, the London College of Fashion, University of Arts London.
Her MA collection, Conceal | Reveal, highlights the power play between high-heeled footwear, sexuality and the culturally gendered gaze. The sculptural footwear collection utilises the juxtaposition between organic body and the inorganic form, and seeks to highlight cultural perceptions of femininity. The crystalline forms deconstruct, and seek to both reveal and conceal the sensual lines of the foot. The stark combinations of crystal clear and black acrylic combined with black leather bring a sexual tension to the range.
The shoes combine traditional methods of footwear construction with bespoke, uniquely sculptured forms. The forms, made from contrasting clear and black industrial acrylic, are created using digitally controlled milling technologies each shoe is uniquely shaped to fit the wearer’s foot perfectly. The light refracting off the acrylic forms offer the impression of a foot fragmented and displaced. The delicate sensuality of the human form is encapsulated in ways that challenge the fashion ideologies and the principles that govern women’s bodies.