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.
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.
*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, 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…
Another one of my favorites, if you need something for a snowy day:
Nevermore vacation! With apologies to Poe…and Happy Halloween to all!!