26/6/12 – Kermit Tesoro’s Skull Heels
Designer, Kermit Tesoro has created a pair of high heels, which feature the image of the skull. The skull is attached to the heel, which successfully attracts attention to the front and the back of the shoe. The image appeared on the internet while I was searching through images of Lady Gaga.
There is limited information about the design of these particular heels, although the image has frequently appeared on blogs, websites and online magazines, which demonstrates that Kermit Tesoro’s skull heels have inspired a mass audience. Do these skull heels demonstrate the consumer’s attraction to the image of the skull in contemporary fashion, art and design?
I personally wouldn’t purchase these particular heels and the design is quite extreme, although it is very interesting to observe the consumer’s response to the skull as a fashion item. What makes these particular shoes so appealing? Can the image of the skull immediately develop a large following regardless of the content or the design? Does the image of the skull make these set of heels a more desirable item?
Foltlyn, Jacque Lynn. “To Die For: Skull Style and Corpse Chic in Fashion, Imagery and Branding.” Scan Journal 7 (2010)