Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, V&A Museum, london exhibitions, fashion, shoes,


Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

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Fashion has constantly borrowed from subcultures, including the fetish realm, to push boundaries and to create the new. Shoe fashions around the world reflect changes in sexual attitudes. Shoes equal sex.

This Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition looks at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers. It considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes and examines the latest developments in footwear technology creating the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes. Examples from famous shoe wearers and collectors are shown alongside a dazzling range of historic shoes, many of which have not been displayed before.

V&A Museum, London
13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016