Shoes in the City
The Museum at FIT's
"Shoe Obsession Show"
February 8 - April 13, 2013
Written by Wendy R. Williams
Dr. Valerie Steele, Director
The Museum at FIT
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke
"All women have a bit of Imelda Marcus in them,"
Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT.
Women just love their high heels. Beautiful shoes
are props for tales of romance, intrigue, limousines
and sex. An exquisite pair of high heels can beguile
the denizens of the Monkey Bar or transport the
wearer into an "Evelyn Waughish" upper-crust
Fashion's ruby-red-shoed Dorothys will be enchanted
this February when the Museum at FIT's (aka Fashion
Institute of Technology) "Shoe Obsession"
exhibit opens at the start of Spring/Summer 2013
Fashion Week. (The shows runs February 8, 2013 through
April 13, 2013.)
Dr. Valerie Steele
Director, The Museum at FIT
Photo Credit: Katherin Wermke
was curated by Museum Director Dr. Valerie Steele
who certainly knows a thing or two about shoes.
Steele speaks of the extraordinary amount of enthusiasm
the "shoe show" has generated among The
Museum's supporters. According to Dr. Steele, shoes
have replaced handbags as the "it" accessory.
Shoe departments are bigger (the Saks Fifth Avenue
shoes department has its own zip code), heels and
platforms are higher and more and more women are
obsessed with their heels.
What is it about a pair of shoes that magically
transforms women into Cinderella's sisters? We covet
and collect to the point that the average New York
woman supposedly owns twenty or more pairs of shoes.
But twenty pairs pale in comparison to the fantastic
collections of fashion icon Daphne Guiness, jewelry
designer Lyn Brann and Baroness Monica von Neumann
(subject of the 2011 documentary God Save My
Shoes) who loaned a portion of their personal
shoe collections to The Museum for the exhibit.
(Lending one's shoes to a museum exhibit certainly
justifies going shopping for new shoes).
Roger Vivier (Bruno Frisoni)
Eyelash Heel Pumps
Fall 2012-2013 Rendez-Vous (Limited Edition Collection)
Photograph courtesy Roger Vivier/Photo by Stephane
According to Dr. Steele, the FIT exhibit will focus
on the shoes of the last twelve years - the twenty-first
century "post Carrie Bradshaw world."
The exhibit will highlight the "usual suspects"
such as designers Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin
and Ferragamo. Also on view will be the creations
of Bruno Frisoni (of Roger Vivier), Pierre Hardy,
Nicholas Kirkwood, Alexandre Birman, Charlotte Olympia
Dellal, Noritaka Tatehana and Alessandra Lanvin
plus shoes from major design houses like Givenchy.
Courtesy Tom Ford
Photograph © The Museum at FIT
Admission to the "Shoe Obsession" exhibit
is free and open to the public. Museum Hours: Tuesday-Friday,
noon-8 pm; Saturday, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Sunday,
Monday, and legal holidays. For more information
about The Museum at FIT, log onto their website
From the collection of Lynn Ban Photograph
© The Museum at FIT
The exhibitions and programs of The Museum at FIT
are supported by The Couture Council, a membership
group of fashion enthusiasts. The Couture Council
Award for Artistry of Fashion is given to a selected
designer at a benefit luncheon held every September.
For information on the Couture Council, call 212
217.4532 or email email@example.com.