Image of 'Alien' shoe

'Alien' shoe

  • Plato’s Atlantis
  • Spring/Summer 2010
  • 3D printed and painted resin

This shoe’s distinctive morphing of human and mechanical forms was inspired by the artwork of H.R. Giger, a member of the special effects team for Ridley Scott’s film Alien (1980).

Speaking about his artistic preoccupations to the BBC in 1981, Giger said, ‘My pictures are about things I like, things I hate or things I am afraid about. I always want to find out what is inside of me, what kind of creature. I like very much the combination of machine and human and biological things’.

Made from 3D printed resin, the shoe combines a reference to Giger’s futuristic vision with cutting-edge technology. A biomorphic spine snakes around the shoe’s heel and sole. In a gruesome flourish, a single finger curls across the wearer’s toes.

Eleven different versions of the ‘Alien’ shoe appeared in the Plato’s Atlantis catwalk presentation. As the models merged more deeply into McQueen’s underwater world, the shoes subtly evolved from white matte, to shiny silver and finally a shimmering light blue.