Many consider heels to be wearable works of art – including the Brooklyn Museum. On September 10, the New York institution will launch a 160-piece exhibit, Killer Heels, that explores the high heel’s long history and its enduring place in fashion.
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The exhibition showcases some of the oldest high heels to date, like a pair of 17th-century Italian chopines made of silk, leather, and wood and 19th-century silk-embroidered Manchu platform shoes from China. There are also modern marvels in the collection, such as the 20th-century wool “heel hat” by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dalí and Marilyn Monroe’s famed Salvatore Ferragamo stilettos.
Mostly, the exhibit focuses on 21st-century pairs, including Christian Louboutin’s Spring 2013 Collection, Zaha Hadid’s chromed vinyl rubber and fiberglass “Nova” shoe for United Nude, Iris van Herpen’s 3D-printed heel, and CÉLINE’s mink-covered pump.
To accompany the displays, Killer Heels also commissioned six shoe-inspired short films from filmmakers Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, Zach Gold, Rashaad Newsome, and Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh.
As a self-proclaimed shoe addict, this is one show I’m not willing to miss.
By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer
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