Sponsored by Clarks
Supported by Agent Provocateur
With additional thanks to the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016
Curator – Helen Persson
This exhibition will look at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers.
The exhibition explores the agonising aspect of wearing shoes as well as the euphoria and obsession they can inspire.
The V&A’s shoe collection is unrivalled, spanning the globe and over 2000 years.
Earlier this week Gentlemans Butler was invited to attend the press viewing of an exhibition that I had no doubt would be eagerly anticipated by the media and after the visit have no doubt will be highly sort after by the general public.
As I weaved my way through the wonderful Victoria and Albert Museum to the fashion section where in the past I have worked with several top curators whilst researching fashion for television documentaries I arrived and entered shoe heaven where my anticipation was not to be underplayed.
The Butler’s suggestion is to take your girlfriend or wife to the exhibition followed by a good lunch and if you really want to get in her good book a little retail heaven afterwards (hope you saved up your pennies..!!!!) to optimise all you have learned.
I think the impact of shoes may be underestimated, I am sure not by most ladies but if you are a man who thinks what the fuss is all about, you might want to think about if ladies walked around with no shoes. The height of a high heeled shoe creates that sexy swagger on a lady. Maybe the next time your partner is getting ready look at her with no shoes on and then after when she puts them on and see the impact it has on both how you look at her and how she feels about herself. Indeed it can work the other way around, a cowboy without his boots or even a punk without their DM’s is a completely different picture or even Fred Astaire with no glistening patent dance shoes. As you walk around the 2 floors, the lower boudoiresque in style, you can see how the themes of transformation, status and seduction are so important to both the wearer and the viewer whilst upstairs looks at dissecting the process of designing and creating footwear.
You will see shoes worn or associated with high profile figures including Marilyn Monroe, Queen Victoria, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and the hon Daphne Guinness, as well as top designers from Christian Laboutin, Jimmy Choo and the famous shoes worn by Naomi Campbell.
The word obsession can indeed be true for those who are shoe addicts and indeed impractical footwear has shown privilege to those who have status as there is no consideration for work. Shoes throughout the centuries has dictated the way we move and I sure will for centuries to come.
A beautiful fashion experience.
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