Katey Reim’s Cities of the Dead Senior Collection from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Fashion Department debuted on May 18th, 2011. Katey was able to showcase her work over the past year alongside the redesigned dyeable shoes originally from DesignerShoes.com. The blank slate shoes are typically reserved for simple dyeing projects to match outfits. Reim took the concept of the dyed shoe and added a new level of sophistication and enhanced the idea of customizing footwear. Katey’s artist statement highlighted her inspiration:
“Ready to wear inspired by the above ground cemeteries found throughout the city of New Orleans and the photographs taken by E.J. Bellocq. All fabrics have been digitally printed or hand dyed and incorporate elements from the cemetery. Each piece has its own personality, but a strong color and print story unifies them”.
The garments boast an array of tops and bottoms that are colorful, and vibrant, while carrying an underlying controlled quality. The playful fabrics balance the cleanness of the lines in her collection. The collection came together in a way that paired the shoes with the clothes that could be mixed together in a number of different ways. This was Katey’s original intention, and it was successfully realized. No one pair of shoes belongs with a certain designated outfit. This was a sound idea when also thinking about the shoes outside of the collection. The high-heeled collection can be taken beyond the collection’s scope, and added to a myriad of other outfits. Katey’s Senior Collection demonstrates the artistry and significance of completing an outfit.