SHOES ON DISPLAY: On Wednesday, the Brooklyn Museum will open the doors on its latest fashion-centric exhibit, “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe.” The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 15, features over 160 pairs of shoes, ranging from mid-17th-century Italian chopines to Céline’s mink pump from 2013. The shoes are displayed alongside correlating art: Miu Miu’s Ortensia and Oro heel from spring 2008 sits next to an antique teacup with similar hardware; a Prada sandal from spring 2012 is displayed alongside a Satellite jumping shoe toy from 1955. The exhibit itself is divided into six thematic sections: Revival and Reinterpretation, Rising in the East, Glamour and Fetish, Architecture, Metamorphosis, and Space Walk. “I knew that I did not want to organize the exhibit chronologically, or by designer,” said Lisa Small, the museum’s curator of exhibitions. “I thought it would be more interesting to go across those categories. As I looked across the shoes, the themes began to present themselves.”
Six films were specially commissioned from artists Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter and Rashaad Newsome, as well. Following its stay at the Brooklyn Museum, “Killer Heels” will travel to the Albuquerque Museum, the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire.
This story first appeared in the September 8, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.