“Shoe Obsession” at New York’s Museum at FIT

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Alexander McQueen, spring 2010. From the collection of Daphne Guinness.

Once upon a time, the sole mark of a true fashionista depended on which It Bag she (or he) had draping from their shoulder while strutting down the city streets. While the wow-worthy effect of Hermès’ classically chic Birkin or, more recently, Celine’s Phantom (seen on everyone from hipster bloggers to red-carpet celebrities) is still nothing to scoff at, these days, an unmistakable bright-red sole says as much about the person strolling in their Christian Louboutins as does the quilted Chanel they may carry. Indeed, the moment Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City’s main shoe-aholic, quipped the now infamous line, “I spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!”, pop culture’s fancy foot fetish could not be denied. Fast forward to 2013, and the love affair with a fabulous, enviable pair of pumps (the more exclusive, the better) has only deepened.

The moment Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City’s main shoe-aholic, quipped the now infamous line, “I spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!”, pop culture’s fancy foot fetish could not be denied.

Taking our need to gawk at extraordinary shoes to new heights, New York’s Museum at FIT is hosting the exhibition “Shoe Obsession, highlighting approximately 150 pairs of scandalous and extravagant footwear creations from coveted designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Balenciaga and the avant-garde Noritaka Tatehana. Included in the show are the sky-high Fetish Ballerine pump by Christian Louboutin, Bruno Frisoni’s Eyelash Heel for Roger Vivier, Daphne Guinness‘ own Alexander McQueen platforms, and Prada‘s fiery wedges from Spring 2012. While visitors won’t be able to walk out with their favorite innovative piece, the collection is worth taking a step in to view.

“Shoe Obsession” will run at the Special Exhibitions Gallery at The Museum at FIT from February 8th through April 13th.

All photos are property of The Museum at FIT.

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Giuseppe Zanotti, 2012. From the collection of Lynn Ban.

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Roger Vivier (Bruno Frisoni) Eyelash Heel pumps, fall 2012-2013. Rendez-Vous (Limited Edition Collection). Photograph courtesy Roger Vivier/Photo by Stephane Garrigues.

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Iris van Herpen x United Nude, 2010. The Museum at FIT, PA2012.28.1.

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Conspiracy by Gianluca Tamburini, Poisonneuse sandals, 2012. Peridot and amethyst gems, aluminum. Courtesy Conspiracy by Gianluca Tamburini.

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Charlotte Olympia Kiss Me Delores pumps, 2012. From the private collection of designer Yliana Yepez.

 

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Christian Louboutin Fetish Ballerine, 2007. Courtesy Christian Louboutin.

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Masaya Kushino Lung-ta (The Wind Horse) shoes, 2008. White leather, human hair, Leavers lace, lacquered Japanese cypress wood. Courtesy Masaya Kushino.

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Nicholas Kirkwood, fall 2011. Courtesy Nicholas Kirkwood.

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Pierre Hardy, Fall 2010. Photograph courtesy Pierre Hardy.

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Azzedine Alaia, 2011. From the collection of Lynn Ban.

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Aperlaï (Alessandra Lanvin), Fall 2011. Photograph courtesy Aperlaï.

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Alexandre Birman, Resort 2013. Photograph courtesy Alexandre Birman.

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Manolo Blahnik Sedarby pumps, 2003. Courtesy Manolo Blahnik.

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Chanel, 2009. From the collection of Lynn Ban.

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Andreia Chaves Invisible shoes, 2011. Photograph courtesy Andreia Chaves.

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Salvatore Ferragamo Glam collection, fall 2006. Courtesy Museo Salvatore Ferragamo.

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Tom Ford, spring 2012. Courtesy Tom Ford.

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Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, spring 2012. Courtesy Givenchy.

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Gucci, Spring 2010. From the collection of the Baroness Monica von Neumann.

 

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