There is a very blurry line between art and fashion, one that is constantly being crossed over and pushed back against. Not all fashion is art, of course, but when it is, you know it. That’s where Chris Francis comes in. The artist/fashion designer has been creating bespoke shoes for three decades that prioritize flair over function no matter what.
This month, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is presenting a show Francis’ work called “Form & Function: Shoe Art by Chris Francis,” at SCAD FASH: Museum of Fashion and Film at their Atlanta campus. The exhibition displays several different eras and styles of the artist’s work, ranging from the glam-punk platform boots worn by members of the Sex Pistols, to protest themed high heels.