A.F. Vandevorst Unveils $3M Diamond Boots in Hong Kong
Dec 4, 2013 10:36 AM By Sonya Burlan
RAPAPORT... A.F. Vandevorst, an Antwerp-based luxury designer fashion label, presented a pair of diamond ankle boots valued at $3.2 million during the Business of Design Week in Hong Kong today. The diamond boots project is a result of collaboration between A.F.Vandevorst, Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), Flanders Fashion Institute and Diarough/UNI-Design.diamond boots
The boots were made in (European) size 39 and bejeweled with 39,083 natural fancy colored diamonds, comprised of 1,550 carats that were supplied by Diarough/UNI-Design. Designers used diamonds of champagne, gray and pink colors for the most part but also added redish-pink diamonds for defining the A.F. Vandevorst logo. The manufacturers used 4,783 grams of gold and set the stones at the UNI-Design's manufacturing plant in India. The diamond boots project required 30,000 man hours in all, according to the firm.
Queen Mathilde of Belgium and the Minister-President of the Flanders government, Kris Peeters, were among attendees at the unveiling. Yi Zhou, a Chinese artist, modeled the boots on the catwalk for the unveiling.
Business of Design Week is dedicated to Belgian creativity and is scheduled to take place from December 2 through 7.