The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., will host the “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain,” travelling exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The exhibition opens on November 19 and will run through March 12, 2017
The exhibition is organized by themes–transformation, status, seduction, creation and obsession–and features shoes worn by high-profile figures such as David Beckham, Elton John, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, Kylie Minogue and Daphne Guinness, as well as the now infamous blue platforms worn by Naomi Campbell during her runway fall in 1993. Works from the V&A’s shoe collection will be complemented by 110 pairs from PEM’s collection, including historic shoes that pay tribute to New England as a centre of shoe manufacture and design.
The exhibition also will offer a global perspective on footwear fashion, and track the latest developments in technology that open the possibility of ever higher heels and more dramatic shapes. During the run of “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain,” PEM’s shop will be transformed into a shoe emporium offering over 80 shoe designs for men and women. These will represent 20 designers from 15 different countries, from Italy and Germany to Pakistan and Colombia, and include several designs commissioned exclusively for the store.
PEM is partnering with Dress for Success Boston for a shoe drive for professional women’s shoes from November 16-27. Dress for Success Boston empowers women to be economically independent by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.