Fetishbrought together two creative visionaries who, while operating in very different fields, often explore similar obsessions in their work. Both the shoe designer Christian Louboutin and the filmmaker David Lynch explore the taboos, forbidden desires and the extremes of human nature that lie hidden in the everyday stuff of life – from suburban American towns to high-heeled shoes.
Lynch originally approached Louboutin to design a series of shoes for an exhibition he was hosting at the Fondation Cartier inParis. Jettisoning all notions of practicality and comfort, the resulting shoes push the extremes of fetish with designs that include 26cm heels and Siamese heels (two shoes fused at the heel). These one-of-a-kind designs were the inspiration for a series of 21 photographs by Lynch, shown in the Garage’s special project space alongside the shoes themselves.
Born in Paris in 1964, Christian Louboutin is among the world’s best-known footwear designers. Recognisable by their signature red-lacquered soles, his creations often blur the line between high fashion and fetish.
Over the course of a career spanning more than 30 years, David Lynch has developed a filmmaking style that is utterly distinctive. Known for their surreal and sometimes nightmarish sequences, but also for their offbeat humour, his films have won many awards, including Academy Award nominations for The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986) and Mulholland Drive (2001) and a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Wild at Heart (1990). Lynch has also exhibited as a painter and illustrator.