The "Vivienne Westwood Shoes, An Exhibition: 1973 – 2011" was launched in London, where it met a huge success. Already seen in Moscow it opens in the Lebanon, at the Linda Sursock Palace in Gemmayzeh, Beirut, before take off to Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo through 2011, then to New York and Los Angeles in 2012. The exhibition will showcase around 100 shoe designs and trace the exceptional success of Dame Westwood’s career to date. Illustrating her defiance of the rules of wearability and convention, the exhibition is also evidence of her uncompromising quest for superb craftsmanship and attention to detail. Westwood’s designs are a result of considered and distinctive influences - 16th Century Dutch Delft pottery as the inspiration for her 1996 Toile Print Boot, British colonialism reflected in the Sahara Plimsoll of 1999, Victorian dandyism influencing the 1996 Trompe l’Oeil Boot and Westwood’s nurse inspired 15.5 centimetre heel Mary Janes of Erotic Zones a salute to S/M and fetishism. Her shoes have also gained a reputation and created memorable fashion moments - the tumbling of Naomi Campbell when wearing the Super Elevated Gillie on the catwalk in 1993, the Rocking Horse which became an instant collectible when it appeared in 1986 and her Pirate Boots, first seen in 1981 but remain popular and in demand to the present day.
Supporting Vivienne Westwood’s travelling shoe exhibition, DHL is the official exhibition logistics partner for the duration of the world wide tour.