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Beautiful Shoes

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Beautiful Shoes

The other week I had the awesome opportunity of being able to visit the Design Museum’s Christian Louboutin exhibition after attending a talk there – Heaven!

As the museum was shut for the talk the exhibition was nearly empty which gave the exhibition a beautiful eery quality! It was so lovely not the have to push through crowds and take my time!

 The Design Museum presents iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career which has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career showcasing twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps. Be taken on a magical journey of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance.

The Design Museum had out done themselves with the exhibition!  The exhibition is arranged under the thinking that ‘every woman wants to be a show girl’. Part circus, part garden party with a huge red runway down the middle, what could be a better place to show over 200 pairs of Louboutin most outrageous shoes. The exhibitions space is designed by Household

Household, which specialises in retail, leisure and workspace projects, has previously designed the Christian Louboutin Apartment space in Selfridge’s shoe galleries, which opened last year in the London department store. It has also designed Louboutin outlets in Beirut and Paris.

Though Louboutin did have his reservations about the exhibition…

From the press conference podium Louboutin explains that one of the difficulties of the exhibition was that the shoes were necessarily seen as objects rather than being viewed worn. “When I am designing it starts from a sketch but is never complete until the moment of seeing it on someone’s foot,” he says.

Christian Louboutin at Museum of Design in London (HD)

The Design Museum have a strict no photo policy (boo) but I found this fab video above which shows off the fantastically theoretical exhibition with it’s arched entrance,  neon “Entrée” sign, the black swagged curtains, the red velvet sofas, a carousel display and the mirrored plinths surrounded by bare bulbs, which resemble backstage vanity desks, the cabaret look is hard to miss.
Split into sections showing his different stages of his career from his inspirations to his internship as an assistant at the Folies Bergère (where he sketched shoes for the dancers in his spare time) to when he turned his hand to garden design and to his custom work with specialist artisans. They also hold his collection he did in for the Fetish exhibition in Paris in 2007 showing photography by David Lynch.

The models where apparently picked from the Crazy Horse dance troupe because of the arches of their feet! These shoes where amazing… more art than shoes.

The pièce de résistance of the show does have to be the hologram at the top of the runway of one of Louboutin’s clients Dita Von Tease.

The hologram shows Von Teese’s famous hourglass figure appears from an oversized Louboutin shoe into a dancer, before changing back once more into a large stiletto.

Making of the Show Girl

The exhibition stops on the 9th of July so if you haven’t been already make sure you get over to gaze in awe of at all the sparkles, feathers, spikes, pom-poms, googly eyes, fur and even mackerel and sardine cans with their beautiful red soles.