Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain | 13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016

Picture: Courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum | © Estate of Helmut Newton / Maconochie Photography | High & Mighty shoot, American Vogue | February 1995 
(model: Nadja Auermann) Dolce & Gabbana suit, Summer 1995

‘InvisibleNakedVersion | 2011
Andreia Chaves | © Photo by Andrew Bradley


Wedding toe-knob paduka, silver and gold over wood, India 1800s

NOVA | Zaha Hadid for United Nude © Image Courtesty of United Nude

This exhibition will look 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 will consider the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes and will examine the latest developments in footwear technology creating the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes. Examples from famous shoe wearers and collectors will be shown alongside a dazzling range of historic shoes, many of which have not been displayed before.

Text & Pictures: Courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum