We’re big fans of architecture in fashion — and we’re not just talking about severe Roland Mouret sheaths worth more than your monthly mortgage.
Brazilian architect and 104-year-old Pritzker Prize winner Oscar Niemeyer made a mini-collection of five sneakers and slip-ons for Converse, which also turned 104 this year. The Rio de Janeiro-born artist’s most prominent works include the Cathedral in Brasilia, the National Congress of Brazil and the Modern Art Museum in Niteroi. Niemeyer also worked with Le Corbusier on the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
Each design takes a cue from a noted poem of Niemeyer’s: “It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve — the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.” The same words, in Niemeyer’s handwriting, wrap around the canvas upper of the Chuck Taylor All Star Hi sneaker and are bound to be more insightful than any Fall Out Boy lyrics you scrawled on your kicks in high school.
The Chuck Taylor All Star Hi design also has a bold red tongue which references the striking entrance of São Paulo’s Ibirapuera Auditorium. The capsule’s Chuck Taylor All Star Chukka Boot, in suede, tips its toecap to the monument “Torture Never More,” which Niemeyer designed in 1986.
The Converse x Oscar Niemeyer collection launched in Brazil on Oct. 23, retailing for about $85-135 USD. The shoes are available in unisex sizing 3.5 to 11.5.
Pictures below, courtesy of Dezeen:
Several of Niemeyer’s greatest hits, below: