Brooklyn Museum’s ‘The Art of the High Heeled Shoe’ is a definitive guide on the ‘Killer Heels’

If you are among those who cry with relief upon kicking the high heel off at the end of a long day or take ridiculous small baby steps to avoid tripping in them, well then hold your breath! The ‘Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe’ exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum from Sep 10, 2014-Feb 15, 2015 will showcase gravity-defying footwear that will leave you pondering if anyone can ever really walk in them (and without pain). 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 and from the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection, housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The exhibition will look at the high-heeled accessory’s varied history steeped in romance and its enduring place in our popular imagination. From the high platform chopine of sixteenth-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos on today’s runways and red carpets, Killer Heels will explore fashion’s most provocative accessory. The high-heeled shoe has gone through many shifts in style and symbolism from a fashion statement, fetish object, instrument of power and an outlet of artistic expression for both the designer and the wearer.

Designers and design houses represented in Killer Heels include Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Zaha Hadid, Iris van Herpen, Christian Louboutin, André Perugia, Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, Vivienne Westwood, Pietro Yantorny and Alexander McQueen.

Presented alongside the objects in the exhibition are six specially commissioned short films inspired by the sky-high heels. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.






[Via – Blouin-Artinfo]

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