Mc Queen had collaborated with Mullins for the September 1998 ‘Fashion-able’ issue of Dazed & Confused magazine, and wanted to create three different pairs of legs for her to wear in the show: one pair in glass, one pair made of Swarovski crystal and a pair in wood.
Only the wooden legs were produced and Mc Queen entrusted the commission to Bob Watts of prosthetic and orthotic centre Dorset Orthopaedic.
Watts’s skill in crafting comfortable sockets enabled Mullins to wear the prostheses without any additional straps.
He chose to use ash wood because of its strength and because it could be intricately carved.
From this movie, he won Ischia Film Festival Award for Best International Newcomer.
13 (Spring/Summer 1999), wearing this pair of wooden prosthetic legs.
Watts hand carved the block and sole to Mullins’s exact measurements.
The soles of the prostheses were based on the design of a clog: the bottom of the toe was curved up to enable Mullins to walk smoothly.
All of a sudden, being disabled is akin to taking performance-enhancing drugs. Instead of replacing your shoulder, knee or hip, since you're going to be on the operating table anyway, why not just lop the whole thing off and get a brand-spanking-new superhuman prosthesis.
We able-bodied people have gone from sympathetic to threatened by these supposedly less-able athletes. And don't even get me started on when the out of control youth-sports juggernaut and its "I'll do anything to make my kid an Olympic champion" parenting culture meets the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (talk about visionary TV shows! Being disabled isn't just about surpassing normal people athletically. People like Aimee Mullin can design their bodies as they wish. You could accessorize your prosthetic limbs as Aimee Mullins does.