This weekend will see London’s V&A Museum open a brand new fashion exhibition to the public, inspired by all things footwear. Sponsored by Clarks and supported by Agent Provocateur, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain has been curated as an experience that explores the transformative power of extreme shoe designs, from the agonizing aspect of wearing them to the euphoria and obsession they inspire. Yesterday, the Trendstop team got a sneak peek at the exhibition at the museum’s press preview!
Over 250 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes are on display over two floors, sourced from around the world and over 2,000 years. There are also creations by 70 named designers, from Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin to Jimmy Choo and Prada. The ground floor space has been designed around the ‘feeling’ of shoes, along with their cultural significance and their position as an aspirational status symbol. Head here to discover trend-setting styles by iconic brands. Meanwhile, the mezzanine floor focuses on the creation of footwear, complete with drawings and prototypes, as well as examples of new materials and technical developments. Here you can also see a filmed interview with different designers, who speak about their different inspirations and creative processes.
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is on from 13 June 2015 to 31 January 2016 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.