As fashion items high heels often get a special treatment by many designers. They create even more crazy heels which are now part of a new exhibition.
It’s called Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe and it will be on display at the Palm Springs Art Museum from Sept. 5 through Dec. 12 2015. The exhibition will feature high heels from Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Fendi, Steven Klein, Winde Rienstra and many, many more.
This is a second part of the original exhibition with the same name that was held at the Brooklyn Museum earlier this year. “The high heel is a kind of fashion object, but also a cultural object that has so many rich connections into a variety of moments in history”, says the curator of the original exhibition Lisa Small.
While most people think of high heels only as something sexy, glarmour and even fetish, these shoes are much more, says Small. They show the evolvement of culture throughout the centuries, offer insight into the history of material culture and much more.
Killer Heels is “not just about stilettos,” according to Small, but “about elevated shoes,” and this notion of elevation holds political and cultural significance.
Palm Springs curator Mara Gladstone agrees, saying the exhibition showcases “the ways that shoes have served to empower women more recently, but traditionally were meant to show a social status that had to do with immobility; having others do things for you.”
The Palm Springs exhibition is organized into several sections highlighting the historical moments reflected by particular design trends. Revival and Reinterpretation engages a Eurocentric aesthetic, with shoes inspired by furniture and royal fashion.
Metamorphosis invokes transformation, utilizing feathers and furs, horns and bones, and wings that suggest flight. In this section, Small notes, “the whole notion of prostheses was forefront in my mind.” Space Walk features design objects that pay tribute to the aerospace industry and the rise of plastics.