Scotty Boots, 2010
Atalanta Weller (Born 1978)
Leather and polyurethane
Designed in England, made in Portugal
Courtesy of Jaron James, V&A Photographic Studio
On view November 19, 2016 to March 12, 2017
Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries
Explore the creativity of footwear from around the globe through more than 300 pairs of shoes, ranging from elaborate vintage designs to those by contemporary makers. This exhibition considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes and examines the latest developments in footwear technology creating the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes. Examples from famous shoe collectors are shown alongside a dazzling range of historic shoes, many of which have not been displayed before. The exhibition is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provided additional support.
Roger Vivier, for Christian Dior, evening shoes,1958–60.
Silk, beads, gilded thread, and rhinestones. Victoria and Albert Museum, gift of Mrs. Gloria Loel Guinness, T.149&A-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Caroline Groves, “Parakeet,” 2014.
Silk, parakeet wings, silver, and wood. Private collection. Photography by Dan Lowe.
Salvatore Ferragamo, sandals, 1938.
Suede, gilded leather, leather, and cork. Victoria and Albert Museum, gift of Wanda Ferragamo, T.84-1988. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Coxton Shoe Company, Limited, oxfords, about 1925.
Suede, gilded leather, and leather. Victoria and Albert Museum, T.52:1, 2-1996 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Sebastian Errazuriz, “The Golddigger,” “The Heartbreaker,” and “The Boss,” from the “12 Shoes for 12 Lovers” collection, 2013.
3D-printed acrylonitrile-butadinene-styrene polymer, resin, and acrylic. Peabody Essex Museum, museum purchase, 2015.57.6, 2015.57.1, and 2015.57.7. © Peabody Essex Museum
Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, The James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Deputy Director and coordinating curator of the exhibition, leads this tour before the museum opens to the public.