Shoes for Show: The Sculptural Art of High Heels

Last week, brought one of the hottest shoe exhibitions to Brick Lane in a presentation entitled Shoes for Show: The Sculptural Art of High Heels. The footwear shown can only be described as some of the most incredible and electrifying shoes that the fashion world has to offer. From the breathtaking wardrobes of Daphne Guinness to the stimulating studios of Nicholas Kirkwood, this exhibit, really, was not to be missed.

The exhibition celebrated the wearing of couture style shoes, highlighting them as pieces of art as opposed to just a shoe. Whether the shoes were taken straight from the catwalk or borrowed from the wardrobes of celebrities, this shoe showcase really did take you on a magical journey displaying certain shoes that some of us can only dream of and others of us who would give our right arm for them.


From this exhibition we saw Christian Louboutin for Rodarte – the shoes that were seen on the ever so glamorous Victoria Beckham, Beyonce’s Gareth Pugh ankle boots, the shoes that she wore in her video for her single  ‘Girls’, Nicholas Kirkwood’s delicate Alice in Wonderland shoes, in which Kirkwood designed these beauties for the release of Tim Burtons masterpiece Alice in Wonderland.  We also have Roger Vivier for Dior, vintage Nina Ricci, and the Alexander McQueen miniature armadillo shoes for the Met. My personal favourites from this collection were the highest pair of Christian Louboutins ever made. When asked about the method behind these works of art, Louboutin explained ‘ I could not help being inspired by English National Ballet…After all…isn’t the classical dancing ballet slipper the ultimate heel? The heel, which makes dancers closer than any other woman to the sky, closer to heaven?’


This, simply, was one of the most unique, creative and exhilarating shoe exhibitions that has been brought to London in a long time.


Images taken from exhibition Shoes for Show

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