Sunday, February 22, 2015

Killer Heels: Art and Shoes Collide at the Brooklyn Museum

The perfect shoes are a pair of art and today and I got to see Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe at the Brooklyn Museum,

Here is the museum's take on the exhibit:

When you first get into the area of the exhibit, the first thing you notice is a large sign saying Killer Heels. Perhaps it is because the exhibit ends March 1, but I also noticed a large crowd today.

When entering, you are greeted by a short film. Unfortunately, given the large crowd it was hard to watch as the security guard kept telling people not to block the entrance.

The next hallway of the exhibit traces trends and inspiration from the being of heels hundreds of years ago to today. It is amazing how Rococo style and Louis the IV heels have gone in and out of fashion many times.

From there, the exhibit goes into many architectural shoes, which may be hard to walk in, but are gorgeous to view. Some shoes even challenge traditional thinking of what a shoe is.  Here are a few of my favorites:

From afar, these look like classic t-straps, but the front of the t is actually a woman in an evening gown.

Actual glass slippers. (Ps. for more on glass slippers, see how designers re-imagined them)

These heels have a traditional shape, but unique decorations, an eye on the heel and hands at the toe.

This pair lacks a heel and instead uses a futuristic ball.  I wonder how easy they'd be to balance on.

For me, these were one of the most wearable artistic shoes. The cut outs and colors are beautiful and the wedge gives support and is a reasonable height. 

These are architectural in style. The high height, limited support, and smooth sole seem to be hard to walk in.

These challenge what we think of as a shoe. The whole arch of the foot, it unsupported, with only a sole beneath the toe and heel. 

Th exhibit goes to March 1. For more information see the Brooklyn Museum's website

Have you ever seen an exhibit on shoes? 

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