The Brooklyn Museum always hosts an incredible range of exhibitions that feature the works of local and international artists from various artistic movements and eras. One of the museum’s most fascination current exhibits features an art form that many people continue to embrace today: the high-heeled shoe.
Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe is an homage to “fashion’s most provocative accessory.” The exhibit celebrates the history, cultural applications, and innovative design that has made high-heeled shoes such an enduring genre of footwear. “As fashion statement, fetish object, instrument of power, and outlet of artistic expression for both the designer and the wearer, throughout the ages the high-heeled shoe has gone through many shifts in style and symbolism,” explains the Brooklyn Museum. “Deadly sharp stilettos, architecturally inspired wedges and platforms, and a number of artfully crafted shoes that defy categorization,” are what museum goers can expect to find at Killer Heels.
The exhibition traces the history of the high-heeled shoe from 16th century Italy to the contemporary shoes worn on runways today. Killer Heels features more than 160 historical and contemporary pairs of heels on loan from designers, the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned costume collection, and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Lovers of haute-couture will recognize designers like Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Noritaka Tatehana, and many others represented in this expansive exhibition.
Whether you’re an obsessive shoe collector or prefer your one pair of comfortable tennis shoes, Killer Heels is an impressive exhibition that is not to be missed on your next visit to the Brooklyn Museum. Learn more by visiting the exhibition’s web page.
Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe
Through February 15, 2015
Robert E. Blum Gallery, Brooklyn Museum
Images: via www.brooklynmuseum.org.