Shoes: Pleasure and Pain x V&A

Shoes glorious shoes. Where would we be without them?  Apart from being barefoot they provide a serious amount of eye candy and Cinderella can vouch that a pair of shoes can change your life.  Historically shoe trends were dictated by the European royal courts whereas today the styles are influenced by luxury shoe designers. Such is our fascination with luxury footwear that certain brands are commonly used as nouns – Louboutins, Jimmy Choos.  Despite often shying away from shopping trips but can happily spend hours pacing the Selfridges’ shoe hall mentally creating a shopping list for my fictional walk in shoe wardrobe.


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Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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 Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

We were invited to the press view of the V&A’s upcoming exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain.  Sponsored by iconic British footwear retailer Clarks and curated by Helen Persson the exhibition is  is a shoe lovers dream with over 250 pairs of historic and modern footwear from across the globe from the last 2000 years.
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Highlights for me included Cinderella’s Swarovski glass slipper (from the 2015 film), Prada’s ‘Tail Light’ sandals and Fester & Son’s shoe lasts for Princess Diana, Charlie Chaplin and Queen Mary amongst others.


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 The Glass Slipper


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 Prada ‘Tail Light’ sandals

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 Feston & Son shoe lasts

The exhibition has wide appeal and I urge anyone that is interested in fashion, design and art to pay Shoes: Pleasure and Pain a visit.  Split over two floors and separated into three themes – transformation, status and seduction – prepare to walk away with not only a history lesson in footwear but also creative inspiration (oh, and the urge to give your credit card a beating).


The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow (Saturday 13 June) and runs until 31 January 2016.  Tickets cost £12.00 (concessions available).  Visit for more information.


By: Huna @ihunnamatata

Post Author: i the stylist

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