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My Shoe Fetish… (Killer Heels, Part Three)

If you love shoes or contemporary art in general, check out this final installment in my photo review series, Killer Heels, the Art of the High Heeled Shoe Exhibit from the Palm Springs Contemporary Art Museum, on loan from the Brooklyn Museum through today, December 13.  They’re a fun and funky blend of art, history and fashion.  You can see Part One here and Part Two here.  (If you haven’t seen them, you don’t want to miss Lady Gaga’s fabulous boots!)

This first pair by Christian Louboutin, “explored fetishism by combining the stiletto with a ballerina’s pointe shoe, both of which force the foot into an artificial and constricted shape.”  Burlesque dancers from the Crazy Horse in Paris wore the shoes for a series of photographs made with film director David Lynch.

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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, Fetish Ballet, 2007, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Christian Louboutin in 2012

 

 

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ZUZANA SERBAK, Czech, Heel, 2011, Carbon fiber, goat leather, Courtesy of Zuzana Nemeth Serbakova

 

 

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PRADA, Italian Wedge Sandals in Rosso, Bianco and Nero Leather, Spring/Summer 2012, Courtesy of Prada USA Corp.

 

 

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PRADA, Italian, Fuoco Silk and Lizard Platform, Spring/Summer, 2013, Courtesy of Prada USA Corp.

 

 

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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN for MANISH MALHOTRA, French, Platform, 2013, Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

 

 

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ROGER VIVIER, French, Rose N’ Roll, Fall 2012, Purple satin, Courtesy of Roger Vivier,

 

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, British, Lace-up Peep Toe Boots, Spring/Summer 2013, Patent Leather, Swarovski crystals, Courtesy of Alexander McQueen

 

 

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ATALANTA WELLER, British, The Big Shoes, 2008, Poplar wood, matte/gloss paint, Courtesy of Atalanta Weller

 

 

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JEAN PAUL GAULTIER, French, Mille-Pattes Stilettos, Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 1993, Leather, Courtesy Maison Jean Paul Gaultier

 

And, painfully, this last shoe was for women in ancient China, where girls as young as five years old had their feet bound by pushing the four smallest toes under the ball of the foot, leaving the big toe protruding.  The front of the foot and heel were forced together and bound, effectively breaking the arch.  Tiny feet were highly prized by men and women in that culture as “markers of refinement, marriageability and sensuality.  Women took pride in hand-making delicate slippers such as these.”

Thankfully, the practice was finally outlawed in 1912.

 

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UNKNOWN DESIGNER, Chinese, Shoes for Women’s Bound Feet, 19th Century, Qing Dynasty, Embroidered satin-weave silk, thread, metal, wood, textile, paper, ribbon, Brooklyn Museum Collection

 

 

Yay, Yay, it’s Saturday …

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Minions at the mall with a toy soldier…

WTF? *

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Holiday kickoff, Bolingbrook Promenade, November 14, 2015

*Why The Face?

Is it because there’s only a month of shopping days left until Christmas?

Or is it because you’re in a pen at a suburban shopping mall instead of the North Pole getting ready to pull Santa’s sleigh??

 

 

 

Killer Heels, The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe… Part One

Killer Heels, The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at the Palm Springs Art Museum through December 13, is a traveling exhibit organized by the Brooklyn Museum.

The shoes below were especially designed for Lady Gaga’s introduction of her perfume, FAME, at Macy’s.  I had to start with these because, well, they’re so Gaga…

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Lady Gaga Shoe, 2012            Rem D. Koolhaas for United Nude, Dutch, born 1974

Another one of my favorites, if you need something for a snowy day:

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Boot, Artisanal Autumn/Winter 2013        Maison Martin Margiela, Belgian

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A closer view:  Leather with Swarovski crystal cuff, courtesy of Maison Martin Margiela

Quoth the raven…

Common California raven (I'm sure he's special in his own way...)

Common California raven (I’m sure he’s special in his own way…)

Nevermore vacation!   With apologies to Poe…and Happy Halloween to all!!