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September 10, 2014
Killer Heels: the Art of the High Heel Shoe

Carrie Bradshaw might have preferred to sashay her Manolos exclusively around Manhattan, but today she and fellow NYC heel addicts would have good reason skip across the East River, what with Brooklyn Museum’s new exhibition dedicated – ahem – solely to shoes. Killer Heels: the Art of the High Heel Shoe explores the history of our favourite foot-fashion statements, from the early platform chopines worn in C.16th Venice, through to the racy peep-toes popularised during Hollywood’s Golden Age, and the soaring stilettos that grace today’s catwalks and sidewalks.

Opening this week, the exhibition includes more than 160 examples of historical and contemporary footwear – on loan from museums and designers – that illustrate the development of heels from utilitarian accessories to items of artistic and stylistic expression imbued with varied symbolic connotations. Label lovers will be head-over-heels with a lineup that includes names like Christian Louboutin, Salvatore Ferragamo, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Chanel and Vivienne Westwood, plus modern architecturally-inspired wedges by United Nude designers. In addition to the extensive collection of foot candy, the exhibition presents six high heel-inspired short movies by filmmakers including Zach Gold, Marilyn Minter and Nick Knight. Totter on over, heel lovers.

Until 15 February 2015.

Brooklyn Museum / 200 Eastern Pkwy / Brooklyn / +1 718 638 5000 / 11am-6pm Wed & Fri-Sun, 11am-10pm Thu, closed Mon-Tue /