Thursday, September 18, 2014

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

Another good reason to escape Manhattan and go to Brooklyn: excellent exhibition at Brooklyn Musem - on everything about high heels!

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. 

I loved how they showed historical examples, last season designer shoes, architecture, decorative arts and movie clips side by side as serving inspiration to each other


Prada spring/summer 2012

Prada


Maison Martin Margiela glass slippers, for real-life Cindrellas maybe?

Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga

On the left: Rocky Color Cone by Jarvis W. Rockwell (1938), on the right: Salvatore Ferragamo platform sandals from 1938

Did you know where this season's "it-shoe" origins from and why it's named a mule?


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.

Stills from the Steven Klein's Untitled 7 minutes long movie (see a short preview here)

And Nick Knight's film for the exhibition:
'La Douleur Exquise' features a one-of-a-kind, specially-made pair of glass slippers by Georgina Goodman and draws on the object's association in fairytales with the painful pursuit of love. Passion, tension, hardship and discomfort are all themes that underly this visual exploration of shoes.

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