Monday, February 11, 2013

Shoe Obsession

The poster features a stiletto by Roger Vivier.

Now on view at The Museum at Fit is the new exhibit Shoe Obsession, featuring about 150 examples of contemporary footwear, from the chic and beautiful to the extreme and bizarre (and completely unwearable!). The exhibit was co-curated by Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, Colleen Hill, associate curator of accessories, and Fred Dennis, senior curator of costume.

“Alice” by Nicholas Kirkwood. Look at those tiny tea cups at the top!

The premise of the show is that the shoe has overtaken the bag as the “It” accessory in modern fashion. Hmm, I will have to think about that one, that is most definitely not the case for me. I think I have suffered too many blisters and cut heels because of shoes to ever love them like I love a good bag, but they sure are fun to look at, especially on other people!

According to the press release, the average American woman now owns about 20 pairs of shoes, double what she owned in the late 1990’s. I will have to check my own closet and do a count, that number seems a bit low, don’t you think? How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Here were a few of my favorites from the show.

This shoe was amazing from every angle.

Love the checkerboard heel!

The “Paris-Moscow” shoe from Chanel.

This sandal was designed by Rupert Sanderson for Verdi’s Aida at the Royal Opera, London.


These Noritaka Tatehana shoes were designed for Lady Gaga. They are 18 inches tall!

The otherworldly Exoskeleton by British designer Janina Alleyne.

Fetish La Lynch by Christian Louboutin.

The silver mirrored Invisible shoe was designed by Andreia Chaves.

I know this wedge by Charlotte Olympia is insanely high but I think I could walk in this shoe!

By Christian Louboutin, this shoe belongs to Daphne Guinness. Look at that crazy platform!

I adore the bright colors in this Nicholas Kirkwood shoe.

This sandal is by Brian Atwood. Love those flowers!

I love this mint green embellished pump from Miu Miu.

Oh do I love this elegant shoe from Roger Vivier! It makes me want to go to Paris!

You can’t have a shoe exhibit without some Carrie Bradshaw love. Remember this Blahnik beauty?

Shoe Obsession is on view until April 13, 2013.

The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York NY 10001-5992
212-217-4558
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: Noon-8PM
Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays
Admission is free

10 comments:

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Fun to gaze upon...but I think my feet hurt now!!

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Amazing...love shoes, though I don't own too many as not many suit my feet, they end up hurting & I don't have time for sore feet. But, I do love shoes :)) x

Adrienne Shubin said...

Ahhh! I love, love shoes! These are fantastic photos. What a fun exhibit to attend.

My guess is I own about 30 pairs of shoes. But I just ordered a new pair of short boots, 2 pairs of pumps and heeled sandals for spring - so maybe more like 35?? ;)
xo, A

Marla Robinson said...

Thank you for posting these pictures. These shoes are all amazing and beautiful. I love the Exoskeleton. WOW!

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gracefully50 said...

#1 Bags!!
#2 Shoes!
I have no clue how many pairs of shoes I have and I really don't want to know.... ;)

Anne said...

What a fun exhibit! Seems that shoe designers are more out there than handbag designers... some crazy fun stuff!

Lucy Pike said...

I am most definitely a shoe girl, but I just say no to any that hurt my feet. No, thank you!

That Roger Vivier pump is really beautiful.

happyface313 said...

Thank you for the wonderful pictures!
Can you bring the exhibition here, too? xo :-)

Veshoevius said...

This exhibition looks heavenly!!