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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Red ballet shoes made for Victoria Page (Moira Shearer) in The Red Shoes (1948), silk satin, braid and leather, England. Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Northampton Museums and Art Gallery
Red ballet shoes made for Victoria Page (Moira Shearer) in The Red Shoes (1948), silk satin, braid and leather, England.
Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Northampton Museums and Art Gallery

Hot off the press!! The V&A Museum announces new exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain.

This is what they have to say:

“The transformative power of extreme footwear will be explored in the V&A’s summer 2015 fashion exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. More than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes from around the world will be on display, many for the first time. The exhibition will explore the agonizing 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. For Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, curator Helen Persson has delved into this, other international collections and the wardrobes of private individuals to select an exceptional range of shoes from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to futuristic looking shoes created using 3D printing.”

Exhibition highlights include  shoes worn or associated with Marilyn Monroe, Queen Victoria and Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as historic lotus shoes made for bound feet and a pair of 16th-century chopines.

The exhibition runs from the 13 June 2015 to the 31 January 2016, tickets £12.

www.vam.ac.uk/shoes

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