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Love kinky shoes? Christian Louboutin at the Design Museum

Posted May 03 2012 7:13am

Love kinky shoes?

The Design Museum presents the first UK retrospective of iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin , celebrating a career that has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design.

The exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career to date and showcases 20 years of designs, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design, which includes over 200 pairs: stilettos, studded sneakers, bejewelled pumps and lace-up boots. Find out how his shoes are constructed and the inspiration behind that iconic red sole (one of his assistants was painting her nails crimson). Louboutin is inspired by performance, cabaret and the showgirl, fantasy and fairy tale, art and architecture, film, landscape and travel. He says he wants to make shoes that are ‘like jewels’ and that the arch of a woman’s foot in a high heel emulates its shape when she orgasms.

The exhibition will focus on the handcrafted shoe and one-off designs, plus his latest collection of handbags and menswear. There is also a special section dedicated to the shoes designed for ‘Fetish’, an exhibition at the La Gallerie Du Passage, Paris in 2007, a collaboration of photography between Louboutin and artist David Lynch.

  • Novelist Danielle Steel owns 6,000 pairs apparently and is Louboutin’s biggest customer buying up to 80 pairs in one go.
  • Louboutin interned at the Folies Bergère so learnt a few tips and tricks for comfortable heels. Dancers used to send him out to buy carpaccio of veal from the markets, which they used to create extra padding in their shoes..

1st May – 9th July 2012

Design Museum , Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD
Opening 10am – 5.45pm daily. Admission £10 adults
Tel: 0207 940 8790

Photo credit: Phillippe Garcia from the Christian Louboutin book published by Rizzoli

Phillipe Garcia @ Louboutin
Phillipe Garcia @ Louboutin
Phillipe Garcia @ Louboutin

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