The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, prepares an extraordinary exhibition for the summer fashion of 2015, and the main characters will be SHOES: Pleasure and Pain. The exhibition will take visitors on a cultural journey, from ancient Egypt to nowadays, with more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes from around the world on display, some for the first time. Dramatic shapes, head spinning high heels, developments in footwear technology.
“Shoes are one of the most telling aspects of dress,” Helen Persson, the exhibition’s curator, said. “Beautiful, sculptural objects, they are also powerful indicators of gender, status, identity, taste and even sexual preference. Our choice in shoes can help project an image of who we want to be.”
The exhibition, occupying two floors, is divided into three sections: Transformation – presenting shoes that are part of legends and folklore worldwide; Status – which explores how impractical but beautiful shoes have come to represent privilege; and Seduction – showing shoes “representing an expression of sexual empowerment or a passive source of pleasure“.
Take a look at the gallery below – just a taste of what to expect at the new fashion exhibition at the V&A Museum in London. The museum hosts the exhibition starting from June 13, 2015 until January 31, 2016.