A Look Back: Artworks By Experimental Footwear Designer Benjamin John Hall.

In 2012 designer Benjamin John Hall presented three art performative, shoe-dyeing processes titled, Design by Destruction: Birth, Life, Death and Resurrection.



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In a sterile environment, three models in Benjamin John Hall footwear step onto a platform one at time. The space is set up like a gladiator hall with benches in half moon shapes to allow easy viewing by spectators filming the proceedings.

John presents the footwear designs to the crowd. He then takes each pair through a unique dyeing process, they are either bled, bludgeoned or sprayed.

Hall’s intent was to reconsider process-led dyeing methods and to examine ideas of entrapment and impermeability.

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Nichelle Cole is the founder & editor-in-chief of The Fashion Plate magazine. A respected writer, stylist and influencer, she has been published in fashion magazines around the world.

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