Kailey Kim

The Tabi's

Class of: 2025

Major: Fashion Design BFA

Medium: Sculpture/wire

Faculty: Alison McNulty

Prompt: We were assigned to construct a scaled representational wire sculpture of an object that was close to our culture, with accurate proportions, conveying volume and materiality of the original object.

As long as I can remember, I’ve always learned to love art and the world of art. That soon cultivated me to take part in the fashion culture and think about the different trends that come and go as they please. This ‘Tabi’ Shoes by Margiela is something that I think satiates both parts of my culture: my Asian heritage, the culture that I was born into, as well as the culture that I chose to take part in. The aesthetic aspect of the shoes, the split toe reminded me of the traditional shoes worn in Japan around 15th century, and as the Tabi shoes came back as a trend very recently, I thought that it would be a great choice for this project.