A Japanese shoe designer has become a pop diva’s favourite by taking geisha and making it Gaga.
Noritaka Tatehana is the man behind Lady Gaga’s towering, cloglike shoes, which have no heel and are 25 to 46cm tall. Her appearances on TV shows and music videos, teetering in his creations, have helped make him such a fashion star that some of his shoes sell for more than $15,000 (S$19,300) a pair.
Tatehana, who has made more than 20 pairs for Lady Gaga over the last two years, said he took the traditional ‘geta’ shoes of geishas and made a modern form with his sculptural platforms.
‘My work became an icon. It worked not only as branding for me. It also became part of her branding,’ Tatehana said in a recent interview at his Tokyo workshop, cluttered with art books and his sleek shoes – some glittering with Swarovski crystals, others with golden studs.