Japanese shoe designer Masaya Kushino, known for incredibly creatively extravagant footwear, released his newest collection, “Bird-Witched“, earlier this year. According to Mayasa, the bird-themed collection of stiletto heel shoes was inspired by the art of Jakuchu Ito.
The Bird-Witched collection was inspired by Jakuchu Ito, a legendary painter who flourished during the Edo period in the 18th century. He depicted real life animals such as birds, tigers, and elephants in a really ingenious way, tinged with a bit of insanity. His realist aesthetic encouraged me to put emphasis on the details of the shoes, which resulted in unique collaborations that used historical Nishijin-ori textiles by Hosoo in Kyoto, or exquisite statuesque heels by Japanese sculptor Takashi Nakamura. Three pairs of shoes are covered with feathers, giving them a mysterious, iridescent texture. – Blouin Art Info
images via Masaya Kushino