Designer name: Susie Sawaya
How long have you been designing for? Design is my life, but only started my business this year (i.e. production of my shoes)
Describe your label in 5 words: Fresh, Fun, Flirty, Feminine, Fabulous!
What is the inspiration behind the piece you’re submitting?
There are so many layers to this very strong Queen who was born into Spanish Royalty. That’s why I designed the leather fringe, layer upon layer, for this very regal ankle boot. The overlapping leather layers on this shoe represent the strength of the Queen, the depth of her soul, the pain she experienced with each miscarriage she had, the love she had for her one surviving daughter Mary, and the strength and dignity she had to maintain when, as it was documented, the King created Church of England so he could divorce and remarry another younger woman. Queen Catherine had a very difficult life.
The leather colours were chosen as representations of various chapters in the Queens life.
Apricot / Pink represents the Queen’s fresh Spanish Princess approach to the throne of England and subsequently this freshness had to be hidden deep within her soul as she embarked on a journey of strength, power yet sorrow in her time as Queen of England and wife of King Henry the 8th.
The natural snake skin (which you can see is the colour I entered into the competition) was chosen to represent the Queen’s ability to glide through the more difficult periods of her reign as Queen of England, maintaining her dignity and the strong respect for the position she felt was rightly hers by birth.
The black patent represents the strength of her character shining through the frequent difficulties and challenges Queen Catherine faced in her sad royal life.
What materials have you used to create this piece? Crushed Patent Leather in Apricot with Contrasting Grey Suede
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