In his “Bird-Witched” series, Japanese fashion designer Masaya Kushino designs three pairs of shoes each perched atop heels by sculptor Takashi Nakamura. With “penchant for elaborate, baroquely ornamental designs and luxurious materials”, Kushino’s inspiration is derived from Jakuchu Ito, a Japanese painter of the mid-Tokugawa period (1603–1867) who excelled in drawing flowers, fish, and birds, especially fowl.

During my early career, I made these pairs of Pokkuri platform shoes that were originally worn by Oiran prostitutes in the Edo era. These platform shoes also featured glowing sculptures in their heels — as you might imagine, this idea comes from Japanese lanterns. The Queen collection from 2012, on the contrary, uses extravagant, lavish embellishments to conjure a rather Victorian, or Gothic atmosphere. I have a penchant for the beauty of art from the medieval era. The golden ages of lost cultures or civilizations have always enchanted me and given me a sense of nostalgia. blouinartinfo.com

Kushino’s archival pieces are currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum through February 15, 2015.


Masaya Kushino - Bird-Witched

Masaya Kushino - Bird-Witched

Masaya Kushino - Bird-Witched

Masaya Kushino - Bird-Witched

Masaya Kushino - Bird-Witched

Masaya Kushino - Bird-WitchedMasaya Kushino - Healing Fukushima

H/t Hi-Fructose