Interview with a Shoe: Part 2

BATD ON May 20, 2009 AT 4:18 pm

Annie Lennox: 'The Little Church of the West Las Vegas'

Annie Lennox: 'The Little Church of the West Las Vegas'

So you’ve heard what Elle had to say about her boots, but what about Annie and Terry? First up, Annie with ‘The Little Church of the West Las Vegas’ painting.

“These gold platform shoes have a special poignancy for me. I bought them to wear at Bob and Paula’s “first” wedding ceremony in Las Vegas, where they’d asked me to be their bridesmaid. There was very little time to get any clothes together, as the whole thing was very “spur of the moment”. The groom and best men dashed off to a dodgy men’s outfitter to hire purple polyester suits, and I managed to find an outfit in a department store that gave me the appearance of a fabulous Indian restaurant interior (i.e. the walls). With massive fake gold hoop earrings and a sailor’s hat… the gold platform shoes were the perfect footwear for the occasion, only the high heeled platforms made me teeter and tower over everyone else…. except for Bob of course. He’s a tall kind of fellow that one! You can’t teeter and tower over him for f…..s sake now can you?!”

Liz de Havilland: ‘Love Boots’

Liz de Havilland: ‘Love Boots’

What would you do if your boyfriend proposed to you with a shoe? I know what you’re thinking, what type of shoe? But can a stiletto ever replace a diamond? Well if you’re Terry de Havilland it can. Liz de Havilland said about ‘Love Boots’:

Terry made them for me on the occasion of our engagement. We were pretty skint at the time and Terry, who could never be described as conventional, decided that it would be much more romantic to hand make me something exquisite rather than buy me a ring just for the sake of it. These boots are crafted in a mixture of gold Cobra and gold spotfoil Python. He’d had those particular snakeskins for over twenty years and was keeping them for something special. They are a true one off, never to be repeated and I adore them.”

The exhibition will be running from 21 May – 3 June 2009, Monday – Saturdays 12-6pm and the show will help to raise funds for the charity Dress for Success London.

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