Friday, September 5, 2014

The Brooklyn Museum "Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe"

Christian Louboutin. "Printz," Spring/Summer 2013. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn


September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015
Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor
NOTE: On Wednesday, September 10, Killer Heels opens to the public at 2 p.m.
Killer Heels explores fashion’s most provocative accessory. From the high platform chopines of sixteenth-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos on today’s runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe’s rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination.
As fashion statement, fetish object, instrument of power, and outlet of artistic expression for both the designer and the wearer, throughout the ages the high-heeled shoe has gone through many shifts in style and symbolism. Deadly sharp stilettos, architecturally inspired wedges and platforms, and a number of artfully crafted shoes that defy categorization are featured among the more than 160 historical and contemporary heels on loan from designers, from the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and from the Bata Shoe Museum. Designers and design houses represented in Killer Heelsinclude Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Zaha Hadid X United Nude, Iris van Herpen X United Nude, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, AndrĂ© Perugia, Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, Vivienne Westwood, and Pietro Yantorny.
Presented alongside the objects in the exhibition are six specially commissioned short films inspired by high heels. The filmmakers are Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome.
Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe is organized by Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Sponsored by
Print Media Sponsor W Magazine
Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, 1898–1960). Platform Sandal, 1938. Leather, cork. My photo of this very cool shoe from the Ferragamo store which was great to see in person 

200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052  
2 or 3 line Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum

Hours
Wednesday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Friday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

This should be a very cool exhibit for all the fashion lovers out there. I am thrilled it is sponsored by Nordstrom, one of my most favorite stores!! 




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