Think you know the King of Sole inside and out? Au contraire. In a recent interview with T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Christian Louboutin talks about sneaking into the theater, why veal carpaccio inspires him and where the heck those red soles came from. Without further ado!
On why he wanted to be a designer: “When I started to be quite hooked by the music hall, it was exactly the same period where I started to draw shoes. I wanted to design shoes for showgirls.”
On interning: “I remember one of my jobs [as an intern] was to bring food. All the time, they were asking me for veal carpaccio. And one day I said, ‘You all eat so much carpaccio. Why is that?’ They said, ‘You fool. We’re not eating it!’ Basically, they would put carpaccio veal in the bottom of the shoe, inside the shoe. So it was protecting, and it was a type of moisturizer. That’s one thing that I have incorporated in my designs, technically. Well, I’m not putting in veal carpaccio.”
On his red soles: “In 1992, I had sketched a lot of drawings and all the drawings were full with colors. They were sort of pop colors. When the first shoe, which was a Mary Jane with a high heel, arrived it was exactly my sketch. But something was better in the drawing. The girl who had tried the shoe on…was actually painting her nails. So I grabbed her nail polish, then we had a bit of a fight. So, I took the nail polish and I colored the sole. And then suddenly, almost like a revelation. So, it popped exactly like my drawing.”
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[via T Magazine]