Award winning, awe-inspiring Austrian footwear designer showcases collection at YKK London Showroom

Carolin Holzuber exhibited her new A/W17 footwear collection (UN) COVER at the YKK London Showroom on the  7th August – 4th October. The Austrian designer creates visually challenging footwear, playing with the laws of physics, with the optical illusion a central part of the design. 

Combining culture and craft, the collections reflect an artistic interpretation of Holzhuber’s surrounding environments, paying homage to traditional methods of footwear construction, carefully selecting innovative materials to achieve her vision.  The (UN) COVER collection uses quality leathers and aluminum to reflect the tense political climate, specifically representing the policing of women’s bodies and the control that women face in regards to sexuality.

Designs are inspired by women’s clothes in burkas, alongside elements reminiscent of bare flesh through strategically placed straps and materials such as soft nappa, calf and patent leathers. Holzuber said “This collection evokes the common phrase ‘less is more’, a form of rebellion in modern feminism”.

Graduating with an MA in fashion footwear at the London College of Fashion, Holzhuber won an award from the Austrian governmental department of Art and Culture in 2014. Since then, she has been recognised for several others including the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises, the International Talent Support and the Arts & Crafts Design Award. Holzuber has presented her collections for three seasons during Paris Fashion Week and has already collaborated with reputable names including Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen for her SS17 collection ‘Between The Lines’.

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