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Shoes - Nova Shoes

Nova Shoes

  • Object:

    Shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    2013 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hadid, Zaha (designer)
    United Nude

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rubber, fibreglass and leather

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE

  • Museum number:

    T.15:1 to 3-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Zaha Hadid, in collaboration with contemporary footwear brand United Nude’s creative director Rem D Koolhaas, designed a sculptural cantilever system that allows for an unsupported 16 cm heel. Rotation-moulding made possible a shoe in which upper, sole and heel appear seamlessly united. On closer inspection, the outer shell alone is rubber and is integrated with an individually constructed slipper, which is created in a conventional way to contain the foot. The hidden platform and heel are made from fibreglass.
The footwear brand United Nude, founded by Dutch architect Rem D Koolhaas and Galahad Clark, has been experimenting with technically advanced and architectural shoes since its inception in 2003. Iraqi-born Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE is London-trained and based architect. She founded her practice in 1990 and her works are characterised by bold, visionary forms. Her seminal buildings include the London Olympic Aquatics Centre (2012), the Maxxi Museum in Rome (2010), and the Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (2003). Hadid won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. Hadid has also experimented with fashion and has designed products such as the Icone Bag for Louis Vuitton and shoe lines for Brazilian shoe brand Melissa and French brand Lacoste.

Physical description

One pair of cantilevered shoes 'Nova' and box, Zaha Hadid for United Nude 2013

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

2013 (made)

Artist/maker

Hadid, Zaha (designer)
United Nude

Materials and Techniques

Rubber, fibreglass and leather

Dimensions

Height: 200 mm, Width: 90 mm, Depth: 230 mm

Object history note

These shoes were created in 2013 and they were given to the V&A in 2015 and included in the exhibition 'Shoes: Pleasure and Pain' (RF: 2015/116)

Descriptive line

Pair of Nova Shoes by Zaha Hadid for United Nude, 2013

Labels and date

2. Nova shoes
2013
London/China
Zaha Hadid for United Nude
Rubber, fibreglass and leather
Given by Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE
V&A: T.15:1, 2-2015

Cantilevered (Object No. 2)
Architect Zaha Hadid designed a sculptural cantilever system that allows for an unsupported 16 cm heel. Rotation-moulding made possible a shoe in which upper, sole and heel appear seamlessly united. On closer inspection, the outer shell alone is rubber and is integrated with an individually constructed slipper, which is created in a conventional way to contain the foot. [2015]

Materials

Rubber; Fibreglass; Leather

Categories

Fashion; Footwear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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