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FINSK 10th Anniversary Exhibition

Friday, November 20, 2015 The Finnish Institute in London is delighted to host the FINSK’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition, from 12 November to 15 December 2015, at the Institute in King’s Cross. FINSK will showcase its designs on purpose-built installations by Royal College of Art architecture graduates Henry Beech Mole and James Smith from Smith & Beech Mole.

FINSK is the London based label of Finnish shoe designer Julia Lundsten, launched in 2005. Julia is an alumni of the Royal College of Art, where she won the prestigious Manolo Blahnik Award two years consecutively. 'Exquisite', 'divine' and 'perfect' were just some of the superlatives used by Blahnik to describe Lundsten’s shoes.

The FINSK aesthetic comprises contrasting leathers with sculptural wooden heels, Julia has been described as ‘The Eames of footwear’ drawing inspiration from furniture and architecture design.

Various shoes at Meesterlijk

Monday, November 09, 2015 From Friday November 27th till Sunday 29th Meesterlijk will take place in Amsterdam at the Westergasfabriek. During this edition of Meesterlijk you will find various shoe designers, artists and makers. They will share their passion for shoes and show their crafts of shoemaking and leatherwork.


Shoe Crush at the BurJuman Mall in Dubai

Sunday, November 01, 2015 During the Shoe Crush month, during November 2015, an artistic exhibition from unique and innovative shoes curated by the Virtual Shoe Museum in cooperation with CELS Events are on display at the BurJuman Mall in Dubai.

The exhibition hosts sixty pairs of unique and bizarre shoes that were inspired by nature, iconic architecture, fine art and fashion trends. These pieces of art are designed by notorious designers and students from all over the world, known for their creativity and bold stance, due to the fact that they enjoyed expertise in different creative streams such as fashion design, engineering, fine art and others.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015 This autumn Dutch shoes designers Swart & Rademaker introduce there new brand 'LEV'01. Liesel Swart and Dorien Rademaker know each other from the Dutch Shoe Academy. Liesel is a teacher shoe techniques and design and Dorien is a graduate shoemaker. Together they have teamed up to follow their passion and realize their dream: their own label: LEV’01.

They created a robust timeless felt boot that is also elegant. Its natural material felt provides comfort and warmth and is also sturdy and strong. Felt naturally repels moisture and dirt. The design LEV’01 ensures that the felt upper with contemporary sole and heel coalesces into a modern boot. It's characterized by simplicity and elegance, while providing quality and comfort. Attention to craftsmanship, design and materials make the difference.

Damn Pretty Dutch Shoes

Wednesday, October 07, 2015 We invite you to visit our exhibition Damn Pretty Dutch Shoes during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. From 17 till 25 October, 2015 at the location of Piet Hein Eek in Eindhoven. Unusual materials. Unexpected forms. Craft combined with high tech and new techniques. 15 top designers present a diverse and inspiring collection of experimental shoes.

Amber Ambrose Aurèle
René van den Berg
Janine van den Bosch
Nienke van Dee
Ellis Droog
Chris van den Elzen
Iris van Herpen X United Nude
Chrissie Houtkooper
Alexander Khorikian
Dora Kloppenburg
Peter Popps
Peterson + Stoop
Mandy Rose
Ilja Visser
A number of participating designers will be present at the exhibition.

Damn Pretty Dutch Shoes
Organized by the Virtual Shoe Museum
A concept of Liza Snook & Chris van den Elzen
Film: Stainless Media & Hessel Waalewijn
Graphic design: Erik Cox & Chris van den Elzen

CONCRETE FLOWER meets Cube2 reflective from nat-2

Friday, September 18, 2015 Celebrating urbanity in a new and different way. Sneaker brand nat-2 and perfume producer Atelier PMP belong to the most creative companies in Germany and were rewarded last year by the German government for their creativity: both companies are 'Kreativ- und Kulturpiloten', yes it means creative culture pilots… And this was the starting point for the idea to team up and to do a unique collaboration. Again both brands prove to be creative pilots.

Concrete Flower & A super cool sneaker or: How to paint the world?
Concrete Flower is more than just a super-modern fragrance, it is also an attitude. It is Concrete Flower’s mission of ending the drab and letting our cities bloom again. On the fragrance’s website, artists from all around the world can show how they are transforming concrete into visual bouquets: with tags, graffiti, plants. The South African graffiti artist Nardstar* has already left behind her take on blossoming concrete in Cape Town – other artists from Shanghai to New York and of course Hamburg has followed.

Food Adventure

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Allow me to present you a banquet full of aesthetic flavors and tastes. An artistic feast in footwear presented by Chu-Ting Lee from Royal College of Art Womenswear Footwear. Tuesday 15 september at 10.30 at the Gallery Mess Bar, Saatchi Gallery London, UK.

Tuesday 15 september at 10.30- 18.00
Wednesday 16 september at 10.30- 18.00
Thursday 17 september at 10.30- 18.00

Gallery Mess Bar, Saatchi Gallery London, UK

In collaboration with:
Performance Model: Evelyn Yang
Ceramic Artist : Christina Liu
Fashion Designer: Naoya Nakayama
Product Designer: Li- Hsin Liang

For information visit Gallery Mess Bar, Saatchi Gallery

Footprint - The tracks of Shoes in Fashion

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.

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.

Beth Levine: The First Lady of Shoes

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.

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.

SHOEting Stars 5 Sinne & Mehr

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.

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.

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