This Fall, the Brooklyn Museum opens their new fashion exhibition dedicated the art of creating stilettos. Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, as it’s named, will consist of 160 pairs of artfully-crafted historical and contemporary high heels from the seventeenth century through the present as well as commissioned work from international artists Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome, who have all created a short film that will be displayed in the exhibition.
Highlights of the shoes on view include Marilyn Monroe’s Ferragamo stilettos (1959); stiletto mules of silk, metal, and glass by Roger Vivier for House of Dior (1960); and a wool “heel hat” made by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dalí (1937–38). Contemporary heels in the exhibition include “Printz,” from Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer 2013–14 collection; Céline’s fur pump (2013) covered in mink; a black leather platform bootie with an 8-inch heel designed by United Nude for Lady Gaga (2012); and several other designs made in collaboration with United Nude, such as Zaha Hadid’s chromed vinyl rubber, kid nappa leather, and fiberglass “Nova” shoe (2013); and Iris van Herpen’s 3-D printed heel, “Beyond Wilderness” (2013).
The exhibition will open September 15th, so stay tuned for more info.