When it comes to fashion, the most groundbreaking and expressive creations aren’t always the most objectively practical. Kermit Tesoro is a designer known for his bizarre high heels, such as one with a backward-arching platform and a skull impaled on the heel. Tesoro’s work caught the attention of Lady Gaga, who commissioned Tesoro to create the iconic (and seemingly gravity-defying) heel-less heels. In addition to covering them with sequins and black “slime,” Tesoro has designed shoes in the likeness of horse hooves and, more recently, a set of writhing tentacles.
For Tesoro, clothing is a physical/mental extension of one’s personality. Instead of using fashion to downplay or conservatize identity, he strives to make it strange and shocking, exaggerating (and thereby celebrating) one’s inner eccentricity. In an interview with StyleBible, Tesoro explains further:
“I want to translate people’s deviations into my own creations. It’s like a fashion interpretation of the biological or psychological deviation of a person. I’ve always been driven to create clothing articles based on inner conflicts or the inability to control one’s inner impulses or failure to structure one’s behavior in an orderly way. These traits are quantified into one as a form of aggression against others due to frustration that ignites nothing but rebellion. If my collections have violated one’s conventional control or if the collection amazed people, either way I’m very grateful with the outcome. There is no agitation without provocation.” (Source)
Earlier in the interview, Tesoro says that when it comes to making original and captivating designs, “one must follow his own instinct, and the trend will follow.” His methodology derives from deeply personal perspectives and inspirations, channeling a variety of emotions — from love and happiness to joy and despair — to create shoes that defy superficial notions of beauty in pursuit of daring forms of self-expression. Follow Tesoro’s work on Facebook and Instagram. (Via Bored Panda)