"Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe"

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"Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe"
Christian Louboutin. “Printz,” Spring/Summer 2013–14. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Photo: Jay Zukerkorn
People—women and men alike—can't seem to get enough of high heels, and the higher the heel, the more likely that it will attract attention. That ability to captivate is the driving principle behind this show, which argues that, whatever the sexual connotations of high heels, they are also art objects. To illustrate this very sharp point, the exhibit trots out examples of fetishy footwear from the 16th century to the present, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.


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This was a great exhibition and wonderfully curated. I love that it wasn't just a chronological account of heeled fashion but detailed about why heels were invented from farming, bathhouses, sign of socioeconomic status, and for style. I loved the very expressive films depicting heeled culture and fantasy worlds. Also loved the interactive tech used to ask questions to the curator. Great stories and visual experience. Not just for fashionistas but for history, design and architecture buffs.