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FIT Exhibition, ‘Shoe Obsession,’ Unveils Crazy Shoes

Shoe Obsession, a new exhibition opening at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, explores the cultural impact of really, really insane high heels.

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The Museum at FIT

This Friday, the Museum at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology will open Shoe Obsession, an exhibit that explores shoes’ phenomenal effect on culture and design. “The average American woman has almost two times as many shoes as she did 10 years ago, and the heels of shoes have almost doubled in height as well,” the exhibit’s co-curator Valerie Steele told The Daily Beast. Encompassing more than 150 pairs of shoes from an array of designers that are both established (Givenchy, Ferragamo) and on-the-cusp (Aperlaï, Charlotte Olympia), the exhibit examines footwear’s evolution into the extreme. Says Steele: “They are almost like little works of sculpture and art.”

 

Shoe Obsession will run from February 8 through April 13 at the Museum at FIT.

                                                                                               

Misty White Sidell

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Azzedine Alaïa, 2011
From the collection of Lynn Ban

Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin
Pigalle pumps, Fall 2012

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Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci
Spring 2012

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Iris van Herpen
X United Nude, 2010

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Prada
Spring 2012
From the collection of Lynn Ban

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Giuseppe Zanotti, 2012
From the collection of Lynn Ban

Stephane Garrigues; Courtesy of Roger Vivier

Roger Vivier (Bruno Frisoni)
Eyelash Heel pumps, Fall 2012–2013
Rendez-Vous (Limited Edition Collection)

Courtesy of Conspiracy by Gianluca Tamburini

Conspiracy by Gianluca Tamburini
Poisonneuse sandals, 2012
Peridot and amethyst gems, aluminum

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Charlotte Olympia
Kiss Me Delores pumps, 2012
From the private collection of designer Yliana Yepez

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Alexander McQueen
Spring 2010
From the collection of Daphne Guinness

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Christian Louboutin
Fetish Ballerine, 2007

Courtesy of Masaya Kushino

Masaya Kushino
Lung-ta [The Wind Horse] shoes, 2008
White leather, human hair, Leavers lace, lacquered Japanese cypress wood

Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood

Nicholas Kirkwood
Fall 2011

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Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring
Fall 2012
From the collection of Lynn Ban

Courtesy of Pierre Hardy

Pierre Hardy
Fall 2010

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Tom Ford
Spring 2012

Courtesy of Museo Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo
Glam collection, Fall 2006

Courtesy of Alexandre Birman

Alexandre Birman
Resort 2013

Courtesy of Andreia Chaves

Andreia Chaves
Invisible shoes, 2011

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Gucci
Spring 2010
From the collection of the Baroness Monica von Neumann

Courtesy of Aperlaï

Aperlaï (Alessandra Lanvin)
Fall 2011

Courtesy of Noritaka Tatehana

Noritaka Tatehana
Lady Pointe shoes (designed for Lady Gaga), 2012

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Chanel, 2009
From the collection of Lynn Ban