Travelling some of the World’s cities at present is an excellent exhibition on ballet pumps to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Repetto, a Parisian ballet shoe company that branched into fashion footwear. Repetto was created in 1947 by Rose Repetto, at the request of her son dancer and choreographer Roland Petit. The store is Pointe Shoe on Rue de la Paix near the Opera Garnier in Paris. Many famous ballet dancers have worn pumps made by Repetto including: Maurice Béjart, Rudolf Nureyev, Carolyn Carlson, and Eric Vu-An. The shoes company currently supplies the Opera National de Paris, the Opera de Lyon, and the Ballet School of Marseille . In 1956, Brigitte Bardot appeared in the film “And God Created Woman” wearing red checkered flats made by Repetto. As a result of the interest the company started make fashion shoes. In 1999, Repetto was taken over by Jean-Marc Gaucher CEO and as well as continuing to produce all its ballet shoes in a factory in Dordogne, the company has diversified to include a popular fashion range. It is claimed Hiliary Clinton is a valued client. To commemporate 60 years of business Repetto invited an eclectic set of designers, celebrites and fashion icons to create their own pair of signature ballet flats. There are 60 exhibits from Helmut Lang, Proenza Scouler, Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Vanessa Paradis, Chloé Sevigny, Marc Jacobs,Jean-Paul Gaultier and (Jessica) Stam among others. The entire exhibition debuted in Paris in October 2007, and after the signed shoes have travelled to New York, London, Milan, Sydney, Hong Kong and Tokyo, Singapore and Geneva it will return to Paris in October 2008 to be auctioned off. The proceeds of exhibition and silent auction go to the charity, Danse Pour La Vie. The Repetto Foundation in collaboration with UNESCO created Danse Pour La Vie to promote dance schools in emerging natgions. In coordination with UNESCO, Repetto also is providing dance clothes and shoes.
Just in case you are unable to wait until the silent auction for a pair of Brigitte Bardot flats (now updated with hearts and daisies) there are sixty pairs on sale through Colette's Paris boutique. Have a swiz at this site .
When in Paris this year pop into the , Reveal or Conceal costume exhibition currently held at the McCord Museum. The exhibition explores the changing notions of modesty and eroticism in women's fashion over the past 150 years. On display are more than 200 garments and accessories, along with photos and archival material. The McCord Museum is at 690 Sherbrooke St. W., and the exhibition runs until January 2009.