It’s a shoe obsession!

Shoe Obsession examined our culture’s ever-growing fascination with extravagant and fashionable shoes. Accessories used to be just that—secondary to clothing fashions. Today, however, shoes have become the main fashion story, replacing the “It bag” as the most desirable accessory.  High-heeled shoes—the fashion shoes of the 21st century—have become so tall that even a 4-inch heel is considered low. The exhibition features over 150 examples of the most extraordinary shoe styles of the 21st-century, highlighting the new concepts, constructions, materials, and types of embellishment that have positioned shoes at the height of fashion. Sex in the City, is often credited with helping to launch the cult for designer shoes. Who can forget Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolo Blahnik pumps – or her assertion of “a woman’s right to shoes.”  Blahnik’s popularity paved the way for other high-end shoe designers, a number of whom have become celebrities in their own right. Christian Louboutin’s undeniably sexy shoes—with their signature red soles—have established him as one of the best-known footwear designers in the world. Get a glimpse of the exhibition here and consider your ‘rights’ to shoes!

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Tom Ford, Summer 2012

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 Chanel 2009, from the collection of Lynn Ban

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The exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City

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Part of the collection

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Christian Louboutin, 2007. ‘The fetish ballerine’ in collaboration with David Lynch

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Manolo Blahnik, 2003. The ‘Sedarby’ pumps received international attention when worn by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City.

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Nicholas Kirkwood, Winter 2011  &  Alexandre Birman, Resort 2013


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Charlotte Olympia, 2013 ‘Kiss me Dolores’ pumps from the private collection of the designer Yliana Yepez.

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Givenchy, Summer 2012 | Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci

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Gucci, Summer 2010 from the private collection of  Baroness Monica von Neumann

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Azzedine Alaia, Winter 2011

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Prada, Summer 2012

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Noritaka Tatehana, 2012. The ‘Lady Pointe’ custom design for Lady Gaga.

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Giuseppe Zanotti, 2012

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Andreia Chaves, 2011 ‘The Invisible Shoes’ 

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Gianluca Tamburini, 2012 ‘The poisonous sandals’ made of aluminium and precious stones.

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Salvatore Ferragamo, Winter 2006 from the ‘Glam collection’

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Masaya Kushino, 2008. ‘Lung-ta’ shoes made of white leather, real human hair, lace and Japanese wood. 

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Pierre Hardy, Winter 2010  &  Roger Vivier by  Bruno Frisoni, Winter 2013 |  ‘The Eyelash’ pump.



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Alexander McQueen, Summer 2010 from the  private collection of Daphne Guinness

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Iris van Herpen, 2010 in collaboration with  United Nude,  from the FIT collection

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Aperlaï (Alessandra Lanvin), Winter 2011

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Nicholas Kirkwood, Winter 2012. ‘Keith Haring’ pump

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Christian Louboutin, Winter 2012. ‘Pigalle’ pumps

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