The New York’s Museum at FIT recently hosted the exhibition “Shoe Obsession.” The exhibition highlighted the 21st century designers who have designed both fashionable and outlandish shoes.
Upon walking in, you are emerged with approximately 150 shoes. The shoes, grouped by style and designer, are displayed in illuminated glass cases and serve as the focal points. All shoes are examples of some of the most extreme and coveted footwear from notable designers such as, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Azzedine Alaia, and Prada. My favorites were the 2011 Nicholas Kirkwood’s in collaboration with Keith Haring. The had Keith Haring’s notorious man holding a delightful bright blue shoe. I also enjoyed the classical shoes, such as Manolo Blahnik’s 2013 silver pumps with the silver crystal circle. To me, the most outlandish shoes were the 2007 Christian Louboutin “fetish ballerina.” They were truly a work of art, rather than a simple shoe.
I think the “Shoe Obsession” Exhibition is a great idea because it examines our culture’s ever-growing fascination with extravagant and fashionable shoes. It did a great job of highlighting the extreme, lavish, and imaginative styles that have made shoes central to fashion. They also did a great job of showing new concepts, different constructions, and materials in which shoes can be worn in. Shoes have emerged as a modern fashion phenomenon during the last century and evolved to become a staple of the fashionable woman’s wardrobe. Accessories used to be secondary to clothing fashions. Today, however, shoes have become the main fashion story. They have even, replaced bags as the most desirable accessory.
Upon visiting the exhibition, I realized fashion is not only what individuals wear, but it is a way to portray individualism and style. It is also wearable art that shows how our society has evolved through the years. Shoe styles change as years go by, and our needs and wants change as well. The...
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