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Biomimicry In Fashion: Bird Skull Shoe Design

 

So many many man-made creations have been inspired by nature, animal physiology in particular.  But fashion... Biomimicry even goes beyond the fashionable animal prints we find printed on so many fabrics these days.  Here, for example, is a Bird Skull Shoe, and I don't need to tell you what inspired it.

 

Bird Skull Shoe: by Marieka Ratsma and Kostico SpahoBird Skull Shoe: by Marieka Ratsma and Kostico Spaho

 

 Bird Skull Shoe: by Marieka Ratsma and Kostico SpahoBird Skull Shoe: by Marieka Ratsma and Kostico Spaho

 

Bird Skull Shoe: by Marieka Ratsma and Kostico SpahoBird Skull Shoe: by Marieka Ratsma and Kostico Spaho

 

Dutch designer Marieka Ratsma along with American architect Kostika Spaho created this very elegant shoe biomimicking the structure of a bird's hollow skull.  Not all parts of the skull connect directly to each other, however, as the toe of the shoe is modeled after the bird's cranium structure and the heel after the bird's beak.

Marieka Ratsma writes in her notes:

The idea for this shoe highlights the aesthetics and the shape of the bird skull along with the characteristics of the lightweight and highly-differentiated bone structure within the cranium.

Such structure requires less support-material, resulting in optimal efficiency, strength, and elegance.


Bird Skull Shoe: designer notes and drawings: by Marieka Ratsma and Kostico SpahoBird Skull Shoe: designer notes and drawings: by Marieka Ratsma and Kostico Spaho

 

No mention if this 3D-sculpted shoe might ever shoe-up on the runway. 

 
source: The CoF; images via CoF