Eames Inspired Ankle Boot Wins Manolo Blahnik Award Posted July 31, 2013 by Daniel Ostroff

25 July 2013 – An ankle boot inspired by the 1950s Eames’ Sofa Compact is the winner of this year’s Manolo Blahnik Award at the Royal College of Art.

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Footwear graduate Julia Thomas’ winning speckled lycra ankle boot features a striking silver plated heel and sole, inspired by the angled metal legs of the Eames’ 1954 Sofa Compact.

Julia was one of seven Footwear students to participate in the annual competition set by legendary footwear designer, Manolo Blahnik. She receives a cash prize and funding for technical support and materials.

Blahnik, who has worked with the RCA Footwear programme for more than ten years now, set first and second year MA students a brief to design a shoe, having researched the philosophy and processes of the eminent design duo Charles and Ray Eames.

Thomas said of her award: ‘Winning this is the perfect ending to my studies at the RCA. It has been such a pleasure to meet Manolo Blahnik and receive recognition from one of the world’s most iconic shoe designers.’

Alumni of the RCA Fashion Footwear programme include designers Georgina Goodman, Camilla Skovgaard and Sophia Webster.

Read the story on the website of the Royal College of Art.