Few of us can afford Christian Louboutin or Manolo Blahnik stilettos, much less walk any distance in them. But we can appreciate their artful design, the idea behind a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.
Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, opens Sept. 10 and explores the history of what is a fashion accessory for some, fetish for others, and symbol of power to others still. On display are a historical timeline of shoes from 16th Century Italian platform chopines to the modern platforms and wedges on today’s fashion show runways.
More than 160 wedges, stilettos and boots from designers including Salvatore Ferragamo , Christian Louboutin , Alexander McQueen, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel and Prada are on display through Feb. 15, 2015, along with several short films inspired by shoes.
Some of the shoes are on loan from Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum, which explores the cultural and historical influences of footwear from ancient Egypt to today. Click here to read my article on ecoXplorer about my recent visit.
Link to Brooklyn Museum Killer Heels exhibit website page, including information about a FREE guided tour of the exhibit on Sept. 17.
photo courtesy Christian Louboutin and Brooklyn Museum