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An Aboriginal art will be featured on fashion icon Jimmy Choo’s new shoes, as part of a collaboration project between indigenous culture and high-end couture footwear.
Peter Farmer, a West Australian-based Noongar man, was given an opportunity to display his work of art with the help of a mutual friend, Catherine Birch. He is a graduate of Curtin University with an Associate Degree in Aboriginal Art and a Bachelor of Fine Art, majoring in fiber and textiles.
According to Farmer, it was Choo’s idea to incorporate indigenous art in his shoes. "The artwork that was chosen is the blue wren, which is my Aboriginal totem, [and] is something that I've painted for a long time, is significant to me and looks really nice on the shoe… I don’t think anyone’s done indigenous shoes in couture.” Farmer said.
Since then, Farmer has been receiving requests from friends and family for the Choo line with his designs. He has also made garments and displayed them off at the Malaysian Fashion Week.
"Hopefully we can work more with Professor Choo and manufacture all the designs that we've done so far”, Farmer said.