In recent years, the shoe has become an icon of female style and sexuality, and has replaced the handbag as the “it” accessory for women of all kinds. Shoe Obsession, on display at The Museum at FIT through April 13, 2013, displays over 150 examples of the most innovative, fashion forward and avant-garde shoe styles from the 21st century. Each display transports visitors into a new fantasy. From Nicholas Kirkwood’s rendition of Alice in Wonderland, complete with whimsical florals and an ankle-hugging tea set, to Christian Louboutin’s googly-eyed stilettos, the line between fashion and art is continually blurred. Innovative materials such as human hair, horse mane, mirrors, glass, sequins and feathers can be found throughout. Shoe Obsession is an insight into the development of an art form which simultaneously represents a way of life for so many New York women.
Shoe Obsession, made possible through the generosity of Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Gives.
Preview and summary of the exhibit.
Collection of innovative plastic and glass shoes by designers such as Marieka Ratsma and Janina Alleyne; glass slipper by Maison Martin Margiela.
Noritaka Tatehana crystal platform and embossed leather platform.
Giuseppe Zanotti, 2012
Roger Vivier (Bruno Frisoni), fall 2012-2013.
Iris van Herpen x United Nude, 2010.
Prada, spring 2012.
Charlotte Olympia, 2012.
Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring, fall 2012.
Gucci, spring 2010.
Givenchy Haute Couture x Riccardo Tisci, spring 2012.
Andreia Chaves, 2011.
Tom Ford, spring 2012.