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Anna Alexander

MA work

Taste At Work

My graduate project is a collection of neon espadrilles made from stationery materials: using traditional techniques of espadrille making and extensively researching everything from the soles, stitchings, upper shapes, graphics and fastenings, I wish to make this simple shoe refined.

The inspiration came from the dissertation 'Taste At Work' by Jenny Lantz, which explores how taste is managed in the creative workplace and how gender performance affects the evaluation and results of this management.

This culminated in a collaborative video project with performance artist Liv Fontaine, called Angry Model, skewing the subject/object balance in an imagined swimwear shoot through the mental presence and angry facial expression of the model.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Fashion Womenswear, 2015

    Specialism

    footwear-accessories-millinery

  • I make sophisticated versions of humble staples such as espadrilles, rubber sandals and canvas bags. I'm interested in intersections of good and bad taste and making scrappy materials desirable through extensive reworking, using my signature technique weaving.

    My graduate project is a collection of neon espadrilles made from stationery materials: by using traditional techniques of espadrille making – rope soles hand stitched to a raw edge cut upper – but extensively researching everything from the soles, stitchings, upper shapes, graphics and fastenings, I make this simple shoe refined.

    Celebrating the handmade, non-digital and random, I hand make all details of the shoes.

  • Degrees

  • Studio Berçot École Superieure de Stylisme, Paris, 2010
  • Experience

  • Studio Assistant and Junior Designer for Footwear, Nicholas Kirkwood Ltd, London, 2014–current; Junior Footwear Designer, ChelseaParis Ltd, London, 2013; Junior Designer and Production Assistant Trainee, Natacha Marro Shoes & Boots, London, 2012–13; Accessories Designer Assistant, Sonia Rykiel, Paris, 2011–12