Wednesday, March 09, 2016
A Century of Shoes: The Rise and Fall of the Georgian Heel: New Exhibition
A Century of Shoes: The Rise and Fall of the Georgian Heel showcases over 100 shoes from 100 years of fashion from 1720 to 1820. It celebrates the visual splendour and dramatic forms footwear took throughout the period, and features shoes from major collections in some of the country’s most significant textile and costume museums. The exhibition, at Fairfax House, has pieces from the Clarks Shoe Museum, Northampton Shoe Museum, York Museums Trust, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, The Prince Albert Memorial Museum and Leeds Museums, and others, and comes hot on the heels of the V&A’s major exhibition last year, Shoes: Pleasure & Pain. The exhibition charts the evolution of shoe design, including how the heel rose and then fell both in popularity and size across the course of the century - from lofty heights at the start of the 18th century to the popularity of flat slippers and boots of the Regency period. Boots, mules, slippers, and every form and fashion in footwear from this period is on display.