Thursday, April 23, 2009

Platform Shoes:Heights of fashion exhibition

The Heights of Fashion: Platform Shoes Then and Now is a new exhibition at the Mint Museum of Art , Charlotte, NC. The exhibition showcases more than 60 platform shoes from the 1930s through the present. The popularity of platforms reached its greatest height in the 1970s, when these shoes became associated with a rebellious youth movement that decried societal standards of older generations. From the free-spirited fashions of the 1970s to the trendy footwear of today, platforms have continued their role as fashion statements worn by both sexes.The Heights of Fashion spans more than 100 years of platform shoes. Ranging from the delicate “lotus bud shoes” of 19th century China designed to emphasize women’s tiny bound feet to the chunky Goth platforms of the 1980s, the shoes on exhibit demonstrate how extreme variations on a style developed in response to different cultural philosophies and concepts of beauty. Footwear by Vivienne Westwood, Jimmy Choo and Roger Vivier reveal influential and innovative designs that incorporate modern engineering with vintage inspiration. The Heights of Fashion exhibition will be on display at the Mint Museum of Art through spring 2011. For more information contact Betsy Gantt

1 comment:

Pam Walter said...

This sounds very interesting. Wish I lived close enough to go see it.