Spotlight on footwear in new Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition
History, fashion, future
The Scad Fash Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta, Georgia is set to host a new exhibition titled Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. Curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the show focuses on the social significance that shoes have had over the centuries through a showcase of over 200 pairs from historic Egyptian slippers and Queen Victoria's silk and gold thread shoes to coveted footwear by contemporary fashion names including Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.
The exhibition will be divided into five categories – Transformation (empowerment through shoes), Status (impracticality of form over function), Seduction (passion for shoes), Creation (futuristic designs) and Obsession (private collections). Another separate section, aptly named Touching the Sole, will be constructed specially for the visually impaired to allow for a more sensory experience.
Other highlights of the exhibition include the Swarovki crystal slippers worn by Cinderella in the 2015 movie of the same name, Zaha Hadid's innovative Nova shoes, Prada's iconic Tail Light shoes and the blue Vivienne Westwood platforms worn by Naomi Campbell when she fell on the runway.
Take a sneak peek inside the exhibition now...
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain will run from April 11 until August 13 at the Scad Fash Museum of Fashion + Film. For more information, visit scadfash.org. Now, discover the Turkish designer Bunyamin Aydin's special shoe design for Nike.