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McQueen’s Iconic Armadillo Boots Are Being Auctioned For Charity

A rare opportunity to buy a pair of Alexander McQueen’s iconic Armadillo boots from his final collection for SS10 has come up. Why are we not rich?!

Ever fancied owning a pair of Alexander McQueen‘s iconic Armadillo boots? Well this could be your chance. Thanks to the V&A‘s Savage Beauty exhibition, the designer’s work has been viewed by millions of his fans and curious tourists, keen to get a glimpse of the hugely popular retrospective. Unfortunately for visitors, the exhibition is not a market place and the pieces are there to look at in awe, not to buy. However, three pairs of specially made Armadillo boots by McQueen will be going on sale.

The rare opportunity to buy the unique boots is all in aid of Unicef’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal. They will appear in Christie‘s Handbag and Accessories auction which will run until next Thursday, so don’t expect to get a bargain!

The boots were descried by fashion critic Sarah Mower as “grotesque shoes that looked like the armoured heads of a fantastical breed of antediluvian sea monster.” The shoes, which have become iconic, were never intended for commercial production. Only 21 pairs were ever made, making them extremely rare.

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The Armadillo boots were part of McQueen’s final collection, SS10, and were also worn by Lady Gaga in the Bad Romance music video. The Grammy Award-winning song was premièred at the designer’s show, which was also the first runway to be live-streamed. Thanks to the hoards of little monsters and McQueen fans who went online to watch live on Show Studio, the site crashed.

If you can’t afford to bid for the iconic boots, donate what you can to the appeal by clicking here!

Images via The V&A / Tim Walker

 

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