Draping on a mannequin employs the same principle as draping on a last.
My first introduction to the 'ART' of draping literally began from the ground up, with shoe design and construction. It was here I discovered the treasured lasts, the foundation for all shoemaking. For on top of these venerable forms is where and how gorgeous footwear is born. My fascination was that the last was something I could sculpt on or manipulate fabric upon. To be able to stretch, pleat, bunch or ruffle fabric was my nirvana. That fabric could be hounds tooth wool and leather [as pictured above] or any other material. I've draped shoes in straw, suede, patent leather, pvc even elastic! Whether a designer sketches their designs by hand as Mr. Blahnik so beautifully does or they are designed on the computer, eventually it's on the last that the patterns are drafted and the actual shoe produced. From Mr. Louboutin to Mr. Blahnik the LAST is the last word.