Clogs, Vivienne Tam for Crocs, Croslite foam with gold-tone metal, USA, Spring 2019, FHCC Purchase
These Crocs debuted on the runway in 2019 at Shanghai Fashion Week. Vivienne Tam’s collection for Crocs cheekily embraces stereotypically Chinese motifs such as clouds, fans, and, most prominently, dragons. These limited editions sold out now sell for double the original price on resale sites such as Poshmark, proving the desire for chinoiserie remains strong even in this global age.
Label by June He, Assistant Professor of Product Design at Westphal College of Media Arts and Design:
"This pair of Crocs used the most common symbol dragon to represent a sense of China. However, as a designer from China, I do not use obvious symbols like dragon or phoenix. My inspirations often come from literatures in Chinese traditional culture, or memories from my childhood. This Pond collection with Swarovski elements is based on my memory visiting a green pond with lotus flowers. It visualizes a calm summer afternoon in Suzhou, south of Yangtze River, east of China, my hometown."