Introductory wall welcoming guests into the 'Killer Heels' exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art
Walter Steiger Unicorn Tayss, Spring 2013
Grace, glamour and grunge have found a match in shoes--whether hidden under a lengthy gown or highlighted by long legs and a short skirt. Straps, sculptures and studs embellish slippers and skyscrapers alike, adding an artistic flair. Fashionable favorites from notable designers Nicholas Kirkwood, Vivienne Westwood and Christian Louboutin are intermingled with turn of the century archetypes and modern sophistication.The broad range of shoes on display highlight similarities over time, across mediums and continents. "A lot of the shoes in the show are decidedly not what I'd call 'sexy high heels.'" curator Small said. "They're difficult aesthetically or meant to be making different kinds of statements rather than the prototypical sexy stiletto."
Jean-Paul Gaultier Tattoo Boots, Spring/Summer 2012
Originally the word for "dagger," the stiletto has been crowned "killer heel" in both appearance and consequence in the world of shoemaking. Elevated shoes become the epitome of discomfort and risk, serving as objects of transformation through elongating stature, emphasizing curvature or injecting confidence. The exhibit focuses on several areas of historical, cultural and social significance including "Glamour and Fetish," "Rising from the East," "Revival and Reinterpretation" and "Metamorphasis," among others. From Cinderella's glass slippers to thigh high fetish boots to shoes for bound feet, Killer Heels draws attention to the element of fantasy assumed by the wearer.
Charlotte Olympia Mae West, Pre-Fall 2013
Standout shoes defy traditional materials and incorporate fiberglass, wood, tile,and technology such as 3D printing/laser cutting, etc. I encourage viewers to look closely and move slowly in order to catch details in dim lighting and avoid being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of shoe pairings.The exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from September 10th 2014 to February 15, 2014, with extended hours Thursday evening until 10PM. If you make the trip to Brooklyn, be sure to stop in the side galleries and watch the short films. View visitor info on the Brooklyn Museum's site [here].
United Nude Lady Gaga shoe, 2012
Old and New!
High + Hard!
Sharp + Sky High!
So many shoes!
Chanel Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2010
Prada Flame heels, front and center
Sculpturesque, but sturdy?
A new spin on "Shoe boxes"
French shoes 1690-1700
(L) Winde Rienstra Bamboo Heels, 2012
Oh La La! Glitter and Glamour!