Attalai Zita is a fashion designer who lives and works in Hungary.

Attalai Zita creates shoe sculptures herself in her own atelier:

She uses traditional shoemaking technics, makes the pattern, cuts, sews the upper part, makes the sole, heel, mixes leather with fur and textiles, rubber, metal and artificial materials like plastic.

These pieces are design samples which stand to the level of art. She offers them to be presented as an idea to shoe industry, a special conception to trendforecasts, like an individual design line. These pieces could be applied to industrial manufacture production after a special re-design, as she knows the industrial shoe making backgrounds. In the late '80s she worked for industry as an industrial designer in shoe production.

Zita: "A shoe is an art-object. Beyond functionalism there's an abstract presence of the shoe. I am looking for the possible widest range of abstraction in shoe design."


C.V. of designer Attalai Zita *zitalai*


Born 1964
Educations 1983-87 MOME University of Art and Design
 Budapest / Department of Textile Design

Qualification 1987 Designer Diploma
fashion and shoe design
 1987-2004 freelance designer
  2004- Mayo Chix Budapest Design Dept.

Design Prizes

2006   I. Prize of „Pirmasens Leather and More”
       Trend  forecast Shoe Design Competition
       Pirmasens Germany

1990  Budaflax Linen Co. Fashion Design Course II.prize

Individual exhibitions

2003 „Barokoko” ELDA Museo del Calzado, Alicante-Elda / Spain

2002„Barokoko” Weissenfels, Augustusburg / Germany

2002 ,, Barokoko” Deutsches Ledermuseum Schuhmuseum Offenbach Germany

curator: Dr.Rosita Nenno

2000 Pasa 57 Gallery / Budapest

 1996 V.A.M. Design Centre Budapest


Collective exhibitions

2011 "Art in everyday" Egon Schiele Art Center / Cesky Krumlov

2010 „Rítus”Museion I.Nemzetközi Kerámiastúdió Kiállítóterme / Budapest

2010  „Crazy about Shoes”Landesmuseum- Mainz / Germany

2009  Fészek Galéria / Budapest

2009 " Schuhtick"Übersee Museum / Bremen / Germany

2008 "Schuhtick" Westfalisches Landesmuseum / Herne /Germany

2008 "Kengat Skor" Tikanoja Art Museum / Vaasa / Finnland

2006 "Szívügyek"Művészet Malom Szentendre

2005 „Feathers and furs in fashion accessories” Übersee Museum Bremen / Germany

2001 Millennium Exhibition of Arts and Crafts, Art Hall / Budapest      

2000  ERNST Museum, Gallery Dorottya / Budapest

1995 Textivál Collective exhibition / Budapest Margaret Island

1994  "Fashion and Visuality" / Berlin Germany

1994  Museum of Arts and Crafts  / Budapest

1992  Offline fashion show / Wien Austria

1991 "CONFIGURA I." International Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Gallery am Fischmarkt Erfurt / Germany

1990 "Fashion and Visuality" ERNST Museum / Budapest

 1991 OFFLINE fashion show / Wien Austria



2011  "Fashion and desire" published by Monsa Editores / Barcelona - Spain
       /page 94-95/

2010   "El gran libro del cuero" published by Lexus  
       Editores and Lineaeditorial Co. Barcelona - Spain
       /page 32- 42/

2010  "Magyar művészet 16." page: 375 / Corvina Kiadó Budapest

2009 "Schuhtick" published by Philipp von Zabern  
     Mainz am Rhein Germany

2006 "Arte delle Scarpe" /Marie Josephe Bossan published  by Gribaudo / Florence - Italy

2003-2006  Workman Gallery Calendar
     published by Workman Publishing Co. New York - USA
     /2003-2004-2005-2006 SHOES Calendar/

2006  Divattükör page 313 / Osiris Kiadó Budapest

2002 Encyclopaedia of the Hungarian Contemporary Arts  Budapest


Parts of common collections

2003 ELDA Museocalzado / Alicante / Spain - "My tiny little blue beetle"

2001 Offenbach Ledermuseum / Germany " Curly Sue"

2002  Weisselfels- Augustusburg /Germany

2000  Wunderl Gallery Sollenau / Austria

1996  V.A.M. Design Center

1994 Museum of Arts and Crafts Budapest/ Contemporary Art collection


2010   Magyar Iparművészet 2010/3 page 11-14.
        “Rítus” kiállítás

2010 June 4 www.index.hu / Dívány "A legerotikusabb női kiegészítő"by Rimóczi L.

2010   Virtual Shoe Museum / Netherland www.virtualshoemuseum.com

2010 March 24 www.radiobremen.de / Kultur "Schuhtick" Bremen Germany
2010  February 1 Hannover Allgemeine / Der 7. Tag
      “Für den Karrieresprung muss ein Stolperhaken  her”

2009    Nordwest Zeitung Journal / Bremen
        “symbol für  Sinnlichkeit und Erotik”

2008   Deutche Welle Television riportage

2004 October 7 Le Journal Francophone de Budapest / Dossier déco et design "Cherche chaussure á son Pied" by Marie-Pia Garnier

 2004 No.1 IMPULS / 136 Internazionale la moda della pelle page 10 “Investire sui giovani talenti”

2002 SHOEZ GDS 64.p.„Objekte der Begierde”

 2002  SchuhMarkt 38.-39.p.Fashion Zeitgeist
„Objekte der Begierde”

2002 / 02 Internationale Fashion Magazine / Deutsche Ausgabe page 28

2002 Jan.31. Frankfurter Rundshau 4.Seite / Kulturvorschau „ Pinkfarbene Spiralen zieren das Objekt der Begierde” 

  2002  “Attalai Zita cipőszobrai Offenbachban”by Sárosdy Judit    
      Bonton Magazine Budapest
2001  Stílus és minőség magazine Budapest page 89-90.
      „Hordható szobrok” by Andor Anna

2000  “Kis magyar cipőesztétika”
       Dimension magazine Budapest

 1997 February “Táncoló tűsarkak”by Páczelt Andrea / Bonton magazine Budapest

1997 / no.2 “Variációk lábbelire“ by Túri Zs. / Select magazine  Budapest


Someone has written it - a quote from a German newspaper:
“The lines between the work of the cobbler, fashion designer and artist are often blurred. These creators are in constant dialog with one other and also inspire each other. Thus, some shoes are specially designed, but still wearable fashion pieces, while other shoes are pure objects of art.”