I heard there was a suitcase of things there that she and other models wore, and that there was an auction of some of those shoes. I was overwhelmed and picked this beautiful pair. I went home and looked at pictures and noticed every image of Bettie Page in the heels dancing or standing. Those are her favorites, obviously. Courtesy of Dita Von Teese. I want to be the caretaker of the shoes. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Her iconic stiletto is my exception [to platform shoes] because she does that curvy heel.
Christian Louboutin created one for me where the heel goes with the curve of the foot — making it a bit more bulbous, and it turns inward toward the foot.
I turn my nose at anything that has a non-curvy heel, like a straight stiletto that goes down or is too chunky. I wear point shoes in my show a lot. When he first made shoes for me and crystalized them, that was when he started getting into the crystallization technique — those kind of come from the first shoes that he did for me.
I love going to the vintage expo that happens twice a year at L. Shopping online at Etsy is a great place. With the invention of the camera, you can see women wearing red and black corsets, and thigh-high boots being worn since the s.
People are interested in things that create master and servant relationships. I was always interested in that look. It sparked my career. I started as a pinup fetish model and brought these images to life. Courtesy of Secrets in Lace. I noticed Bettie Page had a seam up the top of hers, and these are authentic fully-fashioned stockings. I got to know all of the people who made them. There are vintage mills — three or four left in the world. I have them made — they are made like they were in the s, with no lycra — and all hand-finished.