If you know me, you know I LOVE SHOES! Heels are my faves but I live in trainers and flats because I am always rushing about London city on and off the underground and trains. When I heard about the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition I knew I had to go. A few of my fashion and creative friends planned a date for us to go and drool over beautiful shoes.
We went down to the V&A museum on a Friday night and paid £12 to have a nosy. I like that the collections were displayed through the centuries and decades with contributions from across the globe. Every shoe is labelled too so there is so much information about the history of the shoe and who wore it etc, it’s very informative. I found it interesting because some pieces are so extreme, back in the day kings in Asia would have the highest platforms to show their wealth and status. On the flip side early Geisha women would wear the smallest shoes and bind their feet. These shoes were actually tiny, they looked like baby shoes.
After the history of shoes downstairs, we went upstairs where there were cabinets with shoes and foot moulds from designers who have made bespoke shoes for royalty and celebrities including Princess Diana, Lady Gaga and Dita Von Teese. There is a cool documentary with opinions of footwear experts and designers such as Christian Louboutin and Mark Hare.
I don’t want to give away too much if you are planning to check it out. I did enjoy it but I felt l like I needed more, we got around the exhibition in less than an hour.
The exhibition runs until 31st January 2016. If you been to Shoes: Pleasure and Pain let me know what you thought.
Dom Dominique xx
P.S I managed to get a few photo’s before I realised it was a no photography situation.