Finally! A museum exhibit made just for us! The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) teamed up with mega department store Saks to present a world class “Shoe Obsession” exhibit highlighting shoe collection from major and independent designers worldwide. The collection includes highly sort after (by die hard collectors) styles by Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Nicholas Kirkwood, Manolo Blahnik, Giuseppe Zanotti et. al. And who knew Nina Ricci did heeless shoes at one point. That took us by surprise.
The exhibit was well timed to coincide with New York Fashion Week, just when most fashionistas, stylist and editors are in the city to take in the runway shows. The collection includes designs that have been worn by Lady Gaga; the iconic Manolo Blahnik blue satin pumps Mr. Bigs used to pop the question to Carrie in the hit show Sex & The City; iconic designs by Alexander McQueen on loan from Daphne Guinness; Marie Antoinette inspired styles by Christian Dior; edgy, futuristic and architectural inspired designs by Masaya Kushino; and skeletal styles by Janina Alleyne; just to name a few.
This is a must-see event by all shoe collectors worth their weight in gold, same goes for aspiring shoe designers looking for ideas and inspirations. The museum invited editors of Shoeholics magazine to the press preview day and had a hard time kicking us out of the room after closing hours. Just about all of the invited press officials couldn’t get enough. One of them literally stuck her tongue out to “taste the rainbow” so to speak when she saw a giant poster of a fetish shoe (see picture below). We were all in our elements, die hard shoe addicts camouflaged as “press” and what have you. We all had one more picture or two to take beyond the cut off time. Overstaying our welcome would be an understatement.
If you are not in town for fashion week, seeing this show is definitely worth jumping on a long flight heading straight to the city, you won’t be sorry. The exhibit is officially open from February 8 until April 13, 2013. There is one good thing about this event. You get to leave your credit cards at home to gawk at some of the most artistically well-crafted shoes on the planet. It is absolutely FREE to get in! For more, visit Fitnyc.edu/museum
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