History has always played a huge role in shaping the creative process for many designers including Canadian shoe designer Abel Muñoz. His latest collection for FW15 truly represents a craftsmanship and philosophy that is focused on detail with a functional elegance. The Toronto-based designer still believes in creating traditional shoe patterns using quality materials rather than taking the ‘moulding’ route.
Having completed his studies at the world-renowned ARS Arpel Institute of Shoe and Accessory Design in Italy, Muñoz has made a name for himself internationally, and of course, right here, in Canada. He is loved by many fashion personalities who have featured his collections in Elle, FASHION, and Vogue Italia.
I also had a chance to chat with the ever-so-kind designer and learn about his creative processes that were both historically influenced and a little out of this world too.
MC: What were your inspirations for the FW15 season?
AM: The Abel Muñoz Fall Winter 2014\15 collection aims for the stars. Emotion and attitude influenced and determined by the cosmos. Each style, named after a heavenly body in the solar system, represents the modern elegance of the forward thinking woman of today and hereafter.
MC: You have quite a variety when it comes to styles such as the Ascella, Cursa and Izar. How do you sketch out these types of patterns when creating for an upcoming season?
AM: I usually keep all ideas that come to mind or that I visualized in a journal then I start the drawing process either by hand or computer generated. Once I have a series of sketches that I am happy with, I do a round of selection from where a collection is created.
MC: During your studies, were you fascinated with the history of shoes? I sense a very glam, 1930’s feel towards this collection.AM: I am mainly inspired by the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s before mass production began and the handmade shoe industry was thriving.
MC: If you could design a pair of shoes for anyone in history, doesn’t matter what century, who would it be?
AM: I would love to design for The Medici Family.