Raising money to support UNICEF’s relief efforts in Nepal is elevated to newer heights with new Armadillo boots from Alexander McQueen. In collaboration with Christie’s, Alexander McQueen is pleased to announce that three new pairs of Armadillo Boots will be auctioned at the Christie’s Handbags & Accessories Auction from July 14th – 23rd.The most iconic footwear designed by Lee Alexander McQueen will be remade in Italy from wood and python skin. Estimated to sell for $10,000 a pair, they are a genuine and rare collector’s item.
Christened the ‘Armadillo’ due to their form and armour-like appearance, the boots morph from the leg to give the illusion of a ballerina standing on point, according to WWD.
The Armadillo Boots first appeared on the Spring/Summer 2010 ‘Plato’s Atlantis’ show and gained instant attention for their unconventional and striking design. Because of their unique and complex construction, they were never produced so only 21 pairs of these shoes from the show are in existence. Several examples of them are currently on display in the Savage Beauty exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, a retrospective of Alexander McQueen’s work.
Hundred percent of the net amount from the sale at auction will be donated to UNICEF USA, which is assisting victims of the Nepal earthquakes that shook the country in April and May.
Update – Three exclusively designed pairs of Alexander McQueen Armadillo boots together fetched $295,000 at Christie’s New York.
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