The Killer Heels exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum is going to stay for an extra month due to popular request. And there might just bee new stuff to check out.
The Killer Heels exhibition started back in september 2014 and was due to end in February 2015. But it proved to be quite popular so Brooklyn Museum decided to extend it until March 2015.
The main goal of Killer Heels is to explore and showcase the history of high heels or as the museum calls them “fashion’s most provocative accessory”. You can see high heels dating back to the 16th Century and their transformation of footwear for rich men to the most feminine and sexy fashion accessory.
According to Lisa Small, who is the curator of the exhibit, high heels have been around for more than 2000 years. It is believed women in ancient Greece wore them to signal gender. Heels were also a social statement in other cultures and practical shoes in third cultures. Practical in the way they were making riding a horse easier.
And in Italy, during the 15th and 16th Century, it was believed that the higher heel required a longer dress and thus a more expensive dress. Rush back to today and it is the opposite – the higher the heel, the shorter the dress… At least that what some ladies think.
Naturally there are all kinds of high heels. Some are with the most unsual shapes. Part of the exhibition are also 8-inch high heeld pumps for Lady Gaga and a pair of Ferragamo stilettos owned by Marilyn Monroe in 1959.
There are all kinds of boots, high heels, platforms, wedges and etc. Nothing is out of bounds. Fetish high heels, official shoes, casual footwear. Everything is on display at the KIller Heels exhibition in the Brooklyn Museum.
Designers and design houses represented in Killer Heels include Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Zaha Hadid X United Nude, Iris van Herpen X United Nude, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, André Perugia, Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, Vivienne Westwood, and Pietro Yantorny.
Presented alongside the objects in the exhibition are six specially commissioned short films inspired by high heels. The filmmakers are Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome.
Here is the original ad for the Killer Heels exhibition where you will be able to see some of the shoes on display. Don’t miss this one.