Pantoufle de Vert ("green slipper") is a photographic project by Julie Lavie. She takes us to a universe in which fashion creations and floral design are combined.
In her botanical collection of vegetable shoes, Lavie confronts us with the ephemerality of an object. These objects, shoes, in this case, can only last over time thanks to the instant capture by photography before it's an inevitable decomposition, just like a fading flower.
So what is the work? The photo or the shoe?
Unique Photos of Floral Shoes
The photo could not exist without the shoe, but the shoe could not last in time without the photo. It is basically the role of photography to capture a moment, a given moment that will be gone a few seconds later. Beyond floral poetry, 'Pantoufle de Vert' is a metaphor to describe the world of fashion where everything is in perpetual change, where the notion of time is always present.
Each shoe is a unique piece, a different plant symphony. The plants offering a wide range of colors. The slippers follow, just like fashion, the rhythm of the seasons to come in different shades and shapes.
Nature is a constant source of inspiration through its lines and curves, but in slipper of green it transcends this stage, it itself becomes part of the object. The flower then becomes a substitute for the fabric, a fragile and ephemeral material that makes precious material. The petal becomes the bridle, the stem becomes the heel.
Rose, Iris, Ranunculus, Daffodil, Orchid, and many others are made of silk, chiffon, satin, velour, organza. The material embellishes the foot like a green setting, like a magical slipper.
The Green Slipper is sculpted on the foot and adapts perfectly to its shapes. Just take a look at the Cinderella slipper that suits perfectly! The true object of covetousness; the shoe, the pump, the platform, the wedge, or the boot is revisited by Lavie in these true botanical pieces of art.