Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - This exhibition tells the story of inspirational and groundbreaking fashion shoes of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It shines a light on those fashion and shoe designers who left their footprint on the world of shoes by means of the exquisite and innovative designs they created. Based on the long-term loan to MoMu from shoe collectors Geert Bruloot and Eddy Michiels.
Footprint - The tracks of Shoes in Fashion
Footprint - The tracks of Shoes in Fashion

This exhibition includes early and iconic work by Prada, Maison Margiela, Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, A.F. Vandevorst, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Tokio Kumagaï, Roger Vivier, J.W. Anderson, Balenciaga, André Perugia, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Salvatore Ferragamo, Patrick Cox, Raf Simons, Azzedine Alaïa and many more.

A book by the title ‘Foot Print – The tracks of shoes in fashion’, published by Lannoo, will accompany the exhibition. The book will contain over 30 interviews by Geert Bruloot with the world-renowned shoe and fashion designers responsible for some of the landmark shoe designs of the past 40 years. Accompanied by new images of
Bruloot and Michiels’s shoe collection, and images from the designers’ archives, it promises to be a true feast for shoe enthusiasts and fashion lovers alike. Foot Print features contributions from writer and editor Hettie Judah.

Footprint – The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion
From 03|09|15 > 14|02|16
Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp - MoMu
Nationalestraat 28
2000 Antwerp
Belgium

For more information visit MoMu

Heel-only shoe in wood and patent leather by Jurgi Persoons, S/S 1997, reproduction of a 1950s sandal.
Photo © MoMu/Frédéric Uyttenhove

Friday, August 21, 2015 - An exhibition celebrating the visionary shoe designer Beth Levine (1914-2006) runs at the Long Island Museum in New York, from August 21h till January 4, 2016. This exhibition includes a wide array of iconic footwear, photographs, paintings, memorabilia, illustrations, accessories, film footage and artifacts from public and private collections relating to Levine's early life on a farm in Long Island through her ascent to the pinnacle of the fashion world. More than almost any single 20th century American designer, Levine revolutionized women’s footwear in ways that still resonate.
Beth Levine: The First Lady of Shoes
Beth Levine: The First Lady of Shoes

In addition to three First Ladies (Jacqueline Kennedy, Pat Nixon, Lady Bird Johnson, who chose Levine’s shoes for their extreme comfort), Beth's clients included Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Barbra Streisand, Lauren Bacall, Liza Minelli, and Cher. The boots that Nancy Sinatra wore for her 1966 hit "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" were designed by Beth. Levine collaborated with designers including Halston, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass and designed all the footwear for Braniff Airline's flight attendants. Her work is collected by many museums and individuals including Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. This exhibition 'Beth Levine: The First Lady of Shoes' will reintroduce our audience to a true American original, an exceptionally creative, playful, and practical force in 20th century fashion design.

This exhibition is being guest-curated by Helene Verin, an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and the recognized expert on Beth Levine.

Book: Beth Levine Shoes by Helene Verin
Published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang.
ISBN 1584797592

Beth Levine: The First Lady of Shoes
August 21 till January 4 2016
Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to American history and art with a Long Island connection. Regular museum hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For information visit longislandmuseum.org

Photo: leather Jockey boot by Beth Levine inspired by Joan Miró, 1965 © Helene Verin.

More shoes by Beth Levine at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - This summer the Stadtgalerie in Klagenfurt houses a unique exhibition for people who want to use all their senses to experience shoes. Not only the five common ones, but also the sixth sense, a more mysterious one, looking in the past and in the future. About 100 fascinating design and art objects show shoe, by around 80 artists and designers from Austria and around the world, in all their sense stimulating manifestations. This exhibition is a cooperation between Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt, Ponte Organisation für kulturelles Management GmbH and the Virtual Shoe Museum.
SHOEting Stars 5 Sinne & Mehr
SHOEting Stars 5 Sinne & Mehr

The objects in this exhibition celebrate our possibilities to detect stimuli. We can hear shoes before we see them. We can touch them and then we are lost, because we want to feel them on our own feet. Some shoes we can eat (when we see or feel shoes made of mouth-watering material) and other shoes do something to our noses. In many ways shoes can stimulate our senses and that is exactly what the promoters of this exhibition want us to experience.

The exhibited shoes have sprung from the creative power of designers, artists and architects. Most of their experimental shoe creations are one of a kind or have been produced in small series only, made out of high-tech or natural materials as wood, ceramics, paper, leather or fabric. The spectrum ranges from an architectonic approach through experiments with materials to the shoe as a fetish object. The manifold possibilities inherent in shoes as a creative medium are reflected not only in the shoes themselves but also in installations, photographs and videos, and include the positions of various Austrian artists and designers.

Liza Snook, curator of the Virtual Shoe Museum and composer of this exhibition says: ‘Shoes symbolize passion and sensuality. They can move you in different ways. They can inspire and impress you. Shoes can be your second skin and bring you in or out of balance. In the hands of designers, artists and architects these fashionable everyday objects turn into spectacular and unique sculpture. Wearable or unwearable; as an art object, as a fetish. I think shoes acquire an autonomous artistic statement beyond everyday use.’

The following artists, architects and designers are present in the exhibition:
ainsley-t (Stuart Thom), Mihai Albu, Irene Andessner, Amber Ambrose Aurèle, Ona B., Be&D, Neel Barten, Madeleine Berkhemer, Marloes ten Bhömer, Lisa Brumbauer , Aki Choklat, Erik Cox, Nienke van Dee, Esther Dorhout Mees, Chris van den Elzen, Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young, Alexander und Christian Fielden, Joyce de Gruiter, Zaha Hadid for United Nude, Katrien Herdewyn, Iris van Herpen x United Nude, Ivo Hofsté, Carolin Holzhuber, Ivanka Ska, INSA (Joe Insa), Jan Jansen, Hélène Jaspers, Freya Jobbins, Lauren Johnstone, Sharon Joosten, Birgit Jürgenssen, Kei Kagami, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Gudrun Kampl, Hetty Kelderman, Aleksandra Kielpinska, Kenneth Kirschner, Dora Kloppenburg, Rem D Koolhaas for United Nude, Youngwon Kim, Jochen Kronier, Tokio Kumagaï, Kobi Levi, Pinelopi Loizidou, Eelko Moorer, Krista van der Niet, Thuy Pham, Minna Parikka, Caro Peirs, Bart Persoons, Antoine Peters, Tea Petrovic, Asia Pietryk, Peter Popps, Elvira Rajek, Maurice Regnaut, Inge Helena Rietjens, Roswitha van Rijn, Svenja Ritter, Mandy Roos, Iris Schieferstein, Rose Sellery, Deborah Sengl, Neta Soreq, Jared Steffensen, Sanne Steijger, Liesel Swart, Mark Schwartz, Gianluca Tamburini, Bruno Tansens, Kermit Tesoro, Elisabeth Thorsen, Sergio Toro, Enikő Tóth-Kern, Anna Vasof, Joyce Verhagen, Ap Verheggen, Ilja Visser, Rhonda Voo, Julius Welby, Lie van der Werff, Matthias Winkler, Anuk Yosebashvili, Erwina Ziomkowska, Barbara Zucchi, Peter Zwaan.

The exhibition opens on the 26th of June and ends at October the 11th.
On the opening day the 25th of June 19.00 the admission is free.

SHOEting Stars 5 Sinne & Mehr
26 06 11 until 11 10 2015
Mag. Beatrix Obernosterer
Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
Theatergasse 4
9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
Österreich/Austria

Photo: Cone by Peter Popps, photo by Tom ten Seldam and Cutlery by Lauren Johnstone.

Monday, June 08, 2015 - x-editions’ first publication 'Sneaks. Paris' was released on June 3rd, 2015. ‘Sneaks’ and x-editions are projects initiated by Dutch graphic designer, artist & craftsman Erik Cox.
Sneaks.Paris
Sneaks.Paris

Sneaks.Paris
32 pages self cover | 32 photo’s | no text
Size: 21 x 16 cm | 8.3″ x 6.3″
Print: full color offset
Print run: 500 copies, hand-numbered
Paper: Soporset offset 135 grs
Binding: staples in 5 colors
ISBN 978-90-823888-0-0

Price: € 8,95 (excluding shipping costs)

Sneaks.Paris can be purchased directly from x-editions by sending an e-mail to infoapestaartjex-editions.com

Available at Amazon.co.uk

For more information x-editions

Works by Eric Cox at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - On Saturday, June 6 the Fashion and Shoe Designing Academy of Fine Arts Department of Sint-Niklaas presents it's annual sensational and spectacular fashion show for the 19th time and the shoe show for the sixth time. For this presentation 't Bauhuis will be transformed into a show location.
June 6th Fashion and Shoe design show by SASK
June 6th Fashion and Shoe design show by SASK

The fashion and shoe designs of part-time education in Sint-Niklaas, Fashion Design department: led by Ellen Monstrey and assisted by Maureen Declercq and Chris Franssen and Shoe Design by Anne Poesen & Patrick Cremers has manifested itself for many years as a professional and very inspiring department looking far beyond the borders of Sint-Niklaas. What makes this program so special is that it is a part-time education program. The students combine this training with other part-time studies or with their full time or part time jobs. Motivation and enthusiasm is the driving force. For some people it means finally realizing their childhood dream. It requires huge commitment and only who is passionate enough gets to the finish line. Because the program sets its goals very, academic, high.

Focus on both fashion and shoe design on the design, structure, craft, form study , chart and study of historical and ethnic costumes. The programs of both directions are similar and personal vision and authenticity are encouraged from the first year.

The Shoe Design department was created out of passion for the craft. For shoe design there are 30 candidates. The show is the culmination of an academic year and gives students from the first year on a platform to show their work, their vision and creativity. That every year 1200 people, not just family and insiders, come to visit this show is the best form of appreciation for this department and it's students. So make sure you will also join this dazzling, exciting, inspiring show!

6th of June 2015
Academie Sint Niklaas
SASK Shoe design show 20.00, fashion show 21.00.
Tickets in advance 15 euro/at the door 17 euro

Location: 't Bauhuis, Slachthuisstraat 60, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Registration for the course starts Saturday, June 27th at our open days on 27 and 28 June: SASK Boonhemstraat 1, 9100 Sint Niklaas, Belgium.

Previous articles about SASK and the shoe selection by students

Embracing Stripes by Bruno Tansens, graduation collection for the Academy of Fine Arts in Sint-Niklaas Belgium (SASK), 2014.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - Elegnano offers elegant, exclusive women's shoes of the highest quality for women that are fashionable and graceful, but also know what they want in life. Elegnano lives by the motto: float like butterfly, sting like a bee.
Elegnano
Elegnano

Walking through life effortless and elegant, but strong and sharp at the same time. Elegnano wants every woman to move gracefully through life - like a fairy or a butterfly - without exchanging elegance and femininity for comfort and resilience. Technological innovation and modern design make this possible. Elegnano is literally, and figuratively a fusion of elegance and nanotechnology. The Italian craftmenship and high-tech innovation are brought together in unique designs. The design studio is based in Belgium. We pay a lot of attention to the right fit and materials of the shoes. Only top quality materials are personally selected with great care. The exclusive leather goods are handmade in the Marche in Italy, known worldwide for producing high quality footwear.

​ The contemporary and innovative nature of Elegnano is emphasized by the design and the use of modern technological developments. Nanotechnology is for example integrated at the level of leather technology to improve the quality, comfort and durability of the collections.

The designer Katrien Herdewyn
Her fascination for shoes started at a very young age: The four year old Katrien built a shoe shop in front of the garage and spent hours underneath tables in aisles to look at the shoes of people that walked by, without being distracted by anything above it. In 2010 she graduated as a civil engineer with a master's degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of Leuven. After her studies she started a PhD in Sciences, in combination with studies in Footwear Design at the Academy of Fine Arts of Sint-Niklaas (Belgium). She took specialized classes in Fashion Footwear Design at London College of Fashion (UK), Polimoda (Italy), Prescot & McKay (UK) and SLEM (The Netherlands). Her designs are enchanting and delicate, yet edgy and sharp. The eccentric collections she designed for the Academy have already been shown in various exhibitions, fairs and fashion shows in Belgium, the Netherlands, London and Paris.In November 2014 Katrien started her own commercial shoe label Elegnano

In 2013 she was nominated for the Global Footwear Design Award. In 2014 she became the only Belgian finalist in the prestigious Muuse x Vogue Talents - Young Vision Award Accessories.

The first collection autumn/winter 2015-2016
The collection consists of four models, available in sizes 36 to 42. Each design in the collection has a name and personality. From the end of July you will find the collection Elegnano back in several shops in Belgium and they will be available at the shop www.elegnano.com. This collection is a limited edition. The price varies from € 450 to € 665. You can pre-order from June 15. In a month they will be delivered at home.

More shoes by Katrien Herdewyn at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Sunday, May 03, 2015 - Why shoes? An invitation to bring a whole new perspective on the common and ordinary object 'the shoe'. A Retrospective exhibition from Catelan artist Xavier G-Solís, from Barcelona at the Musée international de la Chaussure de Romans in France. On show from 10 April till 25 Oktober 2015. With a special performance by Xavier G-Solís 16th of May during the Museum night (Nuit des Musées).
Why shoes? Retrospective Xavier G-Golís
Why shoes? Retrospective Xavier G-Golís

This exhibition traces the evolution and the work of Catalan artist Xavier G-Solís, philosopher and training sculptor, visual artist. For 15 years he led a reflection on the concept of the object 'used footwear' considering it as the symbol of the relationship between people and the world.

Xavier G-G-Solís has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona and a degree in advanced technique in sculpture from the Las Palmas Gran Canaria School of Arts. He currently lives in Barcelona were he fully dedicates himself to contemporary art. Over the last 10 years he has developed a collection of shoe works and projects of the 'used shoe', using the shoe as a paradigmatic symbol of the history of modern man. His work reflects the way in which the shoe G-Golis transforms worn shoes and puts them in a situation in installations and performances that really challenge. Shoe cars, shoe veils, shoes engraved... his work is visual, graphic and consists of photographs, videos and sculptures. This exhibition offers an approach that is aesthetic, poetic, playful and critical.

Musée international de la chaussure de Romans
The museum invites you on a journey to discover the world of this timeless, universal object - the shoe. Ilts collection is kept in a prestigious setting, the former 'Convent of the Visitation', allowing it to display shoes in all its forms, from the oldest to the most contempory and the most classical to the most extravagant or exotic. Situated in Romans, a town that owes its renown to leatherworking and shoemaking, the international Museum is both a place of endless inspiration for professionals and an exceptional showcase for the famous boot and shoemakers of yesterday and today.

Why Shoes? Retrospective Xavier G-Solís
Musée international de la chaussure de Romans, France
10 April – 25 Oktober 2015

This exhibition has a catalogue written by Adriana Herrera.

16th of May during the Museum night (Nuit des Musées) theer will be a performance by Xavier G-Solís at the Museum.

For more information Musée international de la chaussure de Romans

Friday, April 10, 2015 - This spring, Wednesday Whiskey, the young label in men’s shoes by Dutch entrepreneur Marijn Verschure, is launching a very special project. Several artists, from different origines, were invited to apply their significant signature on a pair of Wednesday Whiskey shoes. As a result the eye-catching works of art will be on display in a small exhibition from 2 April till 7 June 2015 at the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk, the Netherlands.
Wednesday Whiskey x The Artists
Wednesday Whiskey x The Artists

Exclusive collaboration between and a Dutch shoe brand and various artists.

Unique pieces of art
Marijn Verschure, who is both founder and owner of Wednesday Whiskey, came up with the idea for the art project together with his friend Pablo Lücker during an international fair. Besides Lücker, he found the American graffiti artist Kool Koor, the Dutch cartoonist Luc Verschuuren and several others, willing to make a contribution to this project. After the exhibition in the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum, the project will be shown on several fairs and events as well.

The Wednesday Whiskey’ grafic art shoes have been combined with regular art pieces supplied by the artists themselves. Also on display is the shoe label’s rapid evolution into a full-fledged brand according, made visible by showing both early samples and current styles.

Wednesday Whiskey is a Dutch Shoe Brand established in 2013. Its philosophy stands for enthusiasm for unrestrained simplicity. The Wednesday Whiskey collections are produced with lots of care in a small factory, just outside of Porto, Portugal. At the moment the collection is available in 50 stores as well as online.

For more information Wednesday Whiskey

The exhibition of Wednesday Whiskey at the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum can be visited during regular opening hours. In the weekend of 18 and 19 April, visiting the museum is free of charge.

Wednesday Whiskey x The Artists
2 April - 7 June 2015
Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum
Elzenweg 25, Waalwijk, the Netherlands

For more information Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum'

Shoes painted by artist Pablo Lucker.

Monday, March 30, 2015 - Pushing the boundaries of shoe design with the latest materials and most advanced 3D printing technology. A select group of the worlds leading architects and designers are invited to explore and challenge 3D printing technology by designing 3D printed high heels that are to debut at Salone Del Mobile 2015, 14 - 19 April 2015.
Re-Inventing Shoes
Re-Inventing Shoes

United Nude and 3D Systems Corporation have teamed up once again to take you on a journey where fashion, design and technology merge into five of the most fascinating 3D printed creations ever seen.

Since the launch of United Nude in 2003 with the Möbius shoe, United Nude have become experts in technologically advanced ladies footwear; pushing the boundaries and the continuous re-inventing of shoe making. Some of the great examples for these innovations have come from our collaborations with great creative minds from other industries such as Iris Van Herpen (fashion designer) and Zaha Hadid (architect).

The goal for the Re-Inventing Shoes project is to explore and push the boundaries of the 3D printing technology for creating shoes with the largest amount of sculptural freedom.

The production method used is the highest quality of 3D printing (selective laser sintering) in a hard Nylon and all new soft rubber material. United Nude has figured out a way to combine harder and softer 3D printed parts for creating fully functioning shoes.

More shoes/collaborations by United Nude

Shoe: Michael Young’s high heel design for Re-Inventing Shoes.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - An event that brings together fashion, art and education, organised by the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design since 2010. Promotion of young artists, promoting Cracow as one of the fashion capitals and showing fashion as one of the visual arts are the main goals of the event. Shoe designer Amber Ambrose Aurèle and Liza Snook (Virtual Shoe Museum) will take place in the fashion award design jury.
Cracow Fashion Week 21-29 March
Cracow Fashion Week 21-29 March

Widely promoted by media the event gathers thousands of public for fashion shows,exhibitions, lectures, workshops and conferences. Cracow Fashion Awards Premiers a diploma show of Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design opens the event on the 21st of March and will be held in The Museum of Municipal Engineering.

Cracow Fashion Awards Gala in ICE Krakow – Congress Centre is opened for public and a limited number of tickets is available in InfoKraków Centres: ul. św. Jana 2 and InfoKraków Wyspiański Pavilion, pl.Wszystkich Świętych 2. Collections from Poland, England, France, Germany, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania will be presented during the show.

Exhibitions and events:
“FOCUS ON FASHION” – the international juried exhibition of fashion photography,
Museum of Municipal Engineering, address: ul. św. Wawrzyńca 15,
Exhibition will run from 12th March till 7th April 2015
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on 24th March 2015 at 7:00 pm.

“WILD IMAGINATION” – the international exhibition of fashion illustration,
Jewish Community Centre of Krakow, address: ul.Miodowa 24
Exhibition will run from 03 till 31 March 2015
The official closing of the exhibition will take place on 25th March 2015 at 6:00 pm.

“STEP BY STEP” – the international exhibition of shoe design,
Museum of Municipal Engineering, address: ul. św. Wawrzyńca 15,
Exhibition will run from 12th March till 7th April 2015
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on 24th March 2015 at 7:00 pm.

“WHAT’S UP” – photos of collections of Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design graduates,
Pauza in Garden, address: ul.Rajska 12
Exhibition will run from 4th till 30th March 2015
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on 26th March 2015 at 4:00 pm

“MORE AND MORE” – the exhibition of graduates’ paintings, photos and drawings
Cracow Shool of Art and Fashion Design, address: ul.Zamoyskiego 52
Exhibition will run from 9 March till 31st May 2015

“Fashion & Fantasy” – Exhibition of paper designs by students of Cracow School of Art
and Fashion Design
Galeria Kazimierz, address: ul. Podgórska 34, level 0
Exhibition will run from 18th March till 29th March 2015
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on 23st March 2015 at 1:00 pm

Guests of our event: Amber Ambrose Aurèle (Shoe Designer), Jerzy Antkowiak, Wojciech Bednarz (Vistula), Joanna Błażejowska-Pecorari (ASKA Paryż), Marcin Dąbrowski (stylista gwiazd i bloger Mr Dynamo), Hanna Gajos (Fashionweare, Rynek Mody), Wojciech Grzybała (Gala) IMA MAD, Joanna Hawrot (projektantka mody), Anna Jatczak (projektant mody), lIona Kanclerz (Modny Śląsk), Magda Korcz (Hush Warsaw), Ewa Kowalewska-Kondrat (krytyk mody, Harelblog.pl), Olka Kaźmierczak (Fashion PRGirl), Ewa Kosz (Ultra), Tobiasz Kujawa (krytyk mody, freestylevoguing.com), Bianca Cimiotta Lami (Akademia Mody Koefia, Rzym), Agata Mayer (Fashion Culture Magazine), Krystyna Mazurówna, Maria Mrowca (Mrovca Fashion Design), Carol Morgan (Central St. Martins, Wielka Brytania), Monika Onoszko (onoMono Design), Jerzy Osika (Promedia), Karolina Pięch (Balenciaga), Anna Pięta (HUSH Warsaw), Anna Pirowska (DRESSAP), Lidia Popiel (Finelife.pl), Liza Snook (Virtual Shoe Museum), Małgorzata Sobiczewska (est by eS.), Iga Szuchiewicz (Malgrau), Anka Letycja Walicka (projektantka mody), Daniel Wieleba, Dorota Wróblewska (Sophisti Group), Connie Viever (TECO), Michał Zaczyński (krytyk mody, michalzaczynski.com), Aneta Zielińska (projektantka mody).

EXCIDIUM by Chris van den Elzen, on show a the “STEP BY STEP” exhibition, photo Charlotte Visser.

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