Christian Louboutin, Bergdorf Goodman and Parsons The New School for Design called upon the talents of the school’s alumni to help celebrate the footwear brand’s 20th anniversary in February 2012. The competition was open to design students who graduated in 2010 and 2011, encouraging them to create apparel inspired by Louboutin’s silhouettes of the past two decades, as well as the brand’s new capsule collection. The first step of the contest, which asked participants to submit mood, illustration and fabric concept boards, narrowed the submission pool down to 20 applicants, selected by fashion design faculty at Parsons.
From this group, Christian Louboutin and Bergdorf’s Creative Director Linda Fargo picked five winners, each of whom received a stipend provided by the brand and retailer to produce his or her garments — to be unveiled at the Christian Louboutin 20th-anniversary event at Bergdorf’s in early February.
The winning alumni are Isaias Arias, Joanna Baker, Manuela Di Prima, Vivian Graf and Hyeyoung Kim. Some images of the students, models and their designs are below. What a fantastic collaboration, thank you to our friends at Christian Louboutin and Bergdorf Goodman!