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Killer Heels: the Art of the High-Heeled Shoe


From left to right: 1550-1650 Italian chopine shoe ; Rem D. Koolhaas - 2004 ; Miu Miu - 2006 ; Prada 2012 ; Balenciaga 2013 ; Christian Louboutin 2014.

Who said fashion is not art?
Over the years, designers have always had the capacity to create unconventional, highly original, sometimes eccentric pieces of clothing and accessories. Heels are part of this. Shoe designers drew their inspiration from nature, animals, women’s body, and actions... to create the most astonishing shoes. The famous elevated shoe is particularly full of sculptural, architectural and artistic possibilities. The exhibition Killer Heels at the Brooklyn Museum explores this fashion’s most provocative accessory, showing the most artfully crafted shoes ever designed.

Where do heels come from?
When we think about it, what pushes women to walk with 4 inch (10cm) high shoes? Has it always existed and has it always been reserved to women?
You might actually be surprised to learn that high heels have been depicted in ancient Egyptian murals and were also worn in ancient Rome and Greece as a show of a high social status. In the sixteenth century, they have then become a fashion trend amongst Italian nobles. High-heeled shoes have gone through many changes in symbolism and style throughout the ages. Now, heels are a symbol of confidence, power and seduction for every woman.

Killer Heels retraces the history of these one of a kind shoes. The exhibition features shoes from many design houses including Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Zaha Hadid X United Nude, Iris van Herpen X United Nude, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, André Perugia, Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, Vivienne Westwood, and Pietro Yantorny.

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe
September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015
Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor
Brooklyn Museum

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