NEW YORK — Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology, was on her third pair of shoes before Thursday’s fete for the new “Shoe Obsession” exhibition and corresponding book was even halfway over.
After slipping out of the black vertiginous Noritaka Tatehana wedges — made famous by Lady Gaga and standing at eight inches — Steele changed into a pair of more modest 5-inch black platform Nicholas Kirkwood sandals to welcome guests to the show, which will run through April 18.
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