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Signature image for Chris Francis shoe art exhibit at SCAD FASH
Chris Francis, "Shoe Machine," painted leather, leather, wood and rubber, 2015

Chris Francis exhibition: 'Form & Function: Shoe Art by Chris Francis'

SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film presents Form & Function: Shoe Art by Chris Francis, an exhibition of iconic footwear by the Los Angeles-based shoe designer. Francis blurs the line between art and fashion, implementing unconventional techniques and materials. Strong colors, bold shapes and sharp lines are all characteristic of his sculptural, even architectural, designs.

Francis became a notable figure in the street art community before gravitating to shoe design. Inspired by the teachings of the early 20th-century Bauhaus school of design, he manipulates a wide range of uncommon shoemaking materials such as glass, concrete, metal and plastic. He also cites the rebellious, DIY spirit of the punk movement as a foundation for his independent design house. His bespoke shoes have been worn by rock legends like Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols and former Runaways guitarist Lita Ford.

Form & Function: Shoe Art by Chris Francis is curated by Rafael Gomes, director of fashion exhibitions at SCAD FASH.

Museum hours
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the exhibition is free for museum members and SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.