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Rei Kawakubo's take on Repetto's tutus on display
Rei Kawakubo's take on Repetto's tutus on display in the windows of Dover Street Market.

Repetto 60 Ans at Dover Street Market

The French shoe company celebrates its 60th anniversary with unexpected customised designs from Kim Gordon, Helmut Lang and many more.

Repetto shoes have graced many famous feet in the past, from Brigitte Bardot in And God Created Woman (1956) to the unlikely Serge Gainsbourg who was a brand ambassador for Repetto during the 70s’ and wore out 30 pairs of white calfskin lace-up Zizi Hommes a year.

For Repetto’s 60th anniversaty, they have teamed up with Dover Street Market to host a unique "60 Ans” exhibition celebrating the connections between Repetto’s shoes and the creative fields of dance, film, art, music and fashion and they have asked a vast number of luminaries to use the Repetto shoe as their blank canvas. The list of collaborators reads mostly like a rollcall of the definitive who’s who in French creative arts. Catherine Deneuve, Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Sarah, the artistic director of colette in Paris and Vanessa Paradis have all customised a pair of Repetto shoe which will be exhibited at Dover Street Market. More unexpected shoe contributions appear such as Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth’s doodled pale pink pumps and Canadian artist Tobias Wong’s shiny gold ballet flats. Repetto’s dancewear also gets a revived touch from lingerie designer Chantal Thomas, Jean Paul Gaultier, Charlotte Gainsbourg and of course Rei Kawakubo herself. She has given one tutu a purposely mismatched colour scheme and also a monochromatic play on volume on another tutu.

The tutus have been arranged in a window installation that has been created by Michael Howells who also created the YSL "Edition 24" shop at DSM.

"Repetto 60 Ans" exhibition on from August 18th until September 13th and all the designs will be auctioned off in October with all proceeds going to the Repetto Foundation and Unesco.