Saturday, September 06, 2014
Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe at the Brooklyn Museum
“Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” opens Sept. 10 at the Brooklyn Museum. On display are 178 shoes from mid-17th century Italian chopines made from silk, to more current couture like the Vivienne Westwood purple platforms that nearly killed supermodel Naomi Campbell on a Paris runway in 1993. The collection features a mix of high and low styles: towering red kinky boots from Christian Louboutin to delicate Dior slippers from 1960. The highest heel in the exhibit is 8-inch black booty platform stilettos decked out with gold men statues. These were worn by Lady Gaga two years ago and made by United Nude. Other standout shoes in the exhibit include a pair of heelless Tatehana platforms, standing 9 inches tall; 19th century silk embroidered Manchu shoes from China; and a pair of Prada wedge sandals from the Spring and Summer 2012 collection illuminated with red hot flames and costing upwards of $1,500. The “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” runs through to February 2015.