Saturday, October 15, 2016 - People wear feathers to make an impression. They have done so all over the world for centuries. The greatest couturiers use them, they are worn by royalty all round the world and they have given many indigenous peoples – from Papua New Guinea to North America – iconic status. Fashion lovers will delight at the feathered creations of leading couturiers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler. On display at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden, NL from October 14 2016 till March 5 2017.
A World of Feathers
A World of Feathers

Feathers are dazzling, they are distinctive and yet they also connect; they are seductive, exclusive and stylish. The museum’s most beautiful feather objects are now on display to the public for the first time.

Feather shoes by Aki Choklat
The Virtual Shoe Museum loaned a pair of feather brogues designed by Finnish designer Aki Choklat, from his spring/summer 2013 collection design. In the exhibition they are in a fantastic setting in the very good company of fabulous dresses, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Yiqing Yin, Pierre Antoine Vettorello and Fong Leng. Material of the shoes: Calf upper, dyed duck feathers, goat lining, leather sole and heel.

ArtEZ Fashion Design
In addition to the works of the aforementioned top couturiers, the next generation of fashion designers from ArtEZ in Arnhem (Fashion Design, a component of the faculty Art & Design at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem) gave their interpretation on the feathers theme. The museum team asked the students not to use real feathers, but to mimic the effect of feathers by using shapes, materials and textures. This has resulted in a spectacular new perspective on feathers in fashion. A selection of the designs of these students are included in the exhibition.

Exhibition 'A World of Feathers

Museum Volkenkunde
October 14 2016 till March 5 2017
Location: Steenstraat 1, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00

Afrika Museum
Exhibition on show: May 11 till September 25 2017
Location: Postweg 6, 6571 CS Berg en Dal, The Netherlands.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00

More info at Museum Volkenkunde.

© Aki Choklat, photo by Ruggero Mengoni.

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - Do you know that your shoes are talkative and say a lot about the person wearing them? To better understand what these objects reveal, the exhibition takes you step by step to discover pairs stemming from every continent, from the 16th to the 21st century, from delicate lotuses for bound feet in China to trainers nowadays. This exhibition, in co-production with the Musée international de la Chaussure de Romans, on show at the wonderful new Musee des Confluences. From June 7 2016 till April 30 2017.
At your feet
At your feet

Whether they be sandals, boots, moccasins, slippers or something else, from here or elsewhere, from yesterday, today or the future, shoes are intimately linked with human history. It is therefore not surprising that they are so close to us, whether we are aware of it or not. They act as witnesses to various life styles, as objects of desire, and often indicate belonging to a group. Under the gaze of whoever knows how to decipher them, they reveal codes and symbols. These multiple facets thus reassure us with the idea that there is nothing anodyne in the shoes we chose to wear. At the heart of the exhibition, you will be led to ask questions about your own shoes and what they say about you. The museum invites you to leave your comments and to contribute in this way to reflexion.

Shoe performance by Xavier G-Solis
At the opening 7th of June there will be a shoe performance by Catalan artist Xavier G-Solis at 19.00.
His work specially conceived for this exhibition'L’ÂME DANS LES CHAUSSURES' a 4 x 3 m photography on paper, that sheds a contemporary light on our intimate relationship with the shoe will be part of the exhibition 'At your Feet'.

At your feet
The exhibition presents nearly a hundred pairs from museum collections, from the International Footwear Museum at Romans, loans from institutions and private collectors.

Musée des Confluences
86 Quai Perrache
69285 Lyon

From June 7 2016 till April 30 2017

More shoes Xavier G-Solis by at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

© Poster Quentin Lafont, musée des Confluences

Monday, April 25, 2016 - From the 2nd of April until the 11th of September 2016 Fashion Museum Hasselt in Belgium presents ‘Haute-à-Porter’, curated by the internationally acclaimed costume designer, journalist and photographer Filep Motwary. Haute couture is synonymous with craftsmanship, luxury, extravagance and spectacle. But aren’t these typical features of contemporary prêt-à-porter?
Haute-à-Porter, Haute-Couture in Ready-To-Wear fashion
Haute-à-Porter, Haute-Couture in Ready-To-Wear fashion

The exhibition examines this question further and researches the changing relationship and cross-fertilization between haute couture and ready to wear. Through a variety of themes and a selection of spectacular silhouettes and accessories from high end designers and fashion houses, the exhibition highlights the significance of haute couture for contemporary fashion. Completed with photography, film, art and music, Haute-à-Porter offers a unique insight into the fashion industry of the last 30 years.

Participant designers and houses: Dior, Chanel, Erdem, Burberry, Lanvin, Rochas, Nina Ricci, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Givenchy, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh, Roger Vivier, Prada, Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten, Christian Lacroix, Delpozo, Mary Katrantzou, Jil Sander, Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf, Alberta Ferretti, Thierry Mugler, Anna Molinari, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Giambattista Valli, Balmain, Rick Owens, Blumarine, Undercover, Giles, Christian Louboutin, Thom Browne, Marios Schwab, Sacai, Alexander McQueen, Herve L.Leroux, Anrealage, Schiaparelli, A.F. Vandevorst, Olivier Theyskens, Gucci, Iris Van Herpen, Stephen Jones, Alexis Mabille, Jay Briggs, Giuseppe Zanotti, Anya Caliendo, Iris Schieferstein, Erik Halley, Norita Katatehana, Maison Martin Margiela, Roger Vivier...

Photographers presented in the exhibition: Peter Lindbergh, Miles Aldridge, Nagi Sakai, Luigi and Iango, Charles Fréger, Francesco Brigida, Emma Summerton, Mikael Jansson, Erik Madigan Heck, Matthias Vriens-McGrath, René Habermacher, Michael Thompson, Fabien Baron, Thanassis Krikis, David Dunan, François Berthoud, Krishna Godhead, Sheila Metzner, Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello, Michal Pudelka, Ali Mahdavi, Txema Yeste, Daniel Jackson, Kevin Tachman, Giampaolo Sgura, Sebastian Kim, Tim Richardson, Bill Georgoussis, Matthew Brookes...

Artists presented: Hedwig Snoeckx, Iris Van Dongen and Koen Vanmechelen.

About the Book ‘Haute-à-Porter’
Along with the exhibition a book will be published by Lannoo, with interviews and contributions from Angelo Flaccavento, Alexander Fury, Antonio Mancinelli, Colin McDowell, Farida Khelfa, Irene Silvagni, Maria Luisa Frisa, Robin Schulie, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, Nicole Phelps, Pierre Hardy, Rick Owens, Stephen Jones, Thom Browne, Tim Blanks, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Viktor & Rolf, Zandra Rhodes completed with visuals by more than thirty renowned photographers and artists.

Book review from the Virtual Shoe Museum
The exhibition is divided into themes such as crinoline, volume, draping, classic, decoration. In the accompanying book, these themes are commented thoroughly. Motwary shows us interesting very stories, by combining historical handwork items from the museum’s private collection with iconic pieces from todays fashion visionairs. This book reflects the exhibition’s themes in a great mix of very interesting photography with Haute Couture masterpieces. The original compact interviews, with renowned fashion icons like Vivienne Westwood and Yohji Yamamoto, literally dig deeper into the material. The book states great fashion quotes like Rupaul's 'We're all born naked, the rest is drag!'.

About the author
Filep Motwary started his career at the Greek editions of Vogue and L'Officiel in early 2000. He then worked for fashion houses such as John Galliano, Christian Dior and Chloe. Today he is Fashion Features Editor of Dapper Dan Magazine and has interviewed more than 200 fashion pioneers. Among others, he photographs for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar,, Giambatista Valli, Hyeres Festival. Motwary is still active as a costumes designer and he is the founder of The Kinsky.

Haute-à-Porter, Haute-Couture in Ready-To-Wear fashion
Editor: Filep Motwary (Lannoo)
Format: 23 cm x 28 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, 208 pages
Price: € 45 
ISBN: 9789401429139

You can order your copy at Lannoo

Photo: Kristof Vrancken © Modemuseum Hasselt.

Monday, April 04, 2016 - Discover a new universe; experience a different reality; explore a new way to see the world. Indulge yourself in the otherworldly details in the breathtaking designs of Amber Ambrose Aurèle. The shoe exhibition features a retrospective of Amber’s work. A selection out of four seasons will be on showcase until May 28, 2016. The shoes on display are one-of-a-kind made of experimental techniques and noteworthy materials: among them are 3D-printed metal, embossed latex, LED-fabric, real human hair and porcelain. On show from April 8 to May 28 2016 at Art Statements Gallery in Hong Kong.
Dutch Days in Hong Kong - Haute couture shoes exhibition by Amber Ambrose Aurèle
Dutch Days in Hong Kong - Haute couture shoes exhibition by Amber Ambrose Aurèle

About the artist
Amber Ambrose Aurèle is a Dutch haute couture shoe designer, known for her visually unique work and sky-high heels. Amber explores the boundaries of fashion and art through her Haute Couture shoe designs. Amber: 'Sweet things have a strange edge.'

She holds an MA in Shoe Design from ArtEZ Arnhem (2012) and a MA in Art History from the University of Amsterdam (2012). Her academic background makes her research process unique and elevates her vision of beauty and design. The first to 3D-print metal heels, her creations have a sweet and twisted view that combines fine handwork technique with innovative technology.

Amber Ambrose Aureole's shoes are made to measure and available for editorial styling in Hong Kong until May 28. The artist will be present in Hong Kong April 5 till April 16.
More info at Amber Ambrose Aurèle

After graduating, Amber Ambrose Aurèle established her Amsterdam-based eponymous label. She has a firm belief her art of shoemaking requires interdisciplinary research which explores new fields in every collection. Amber’s shoes are seen in editorials (Vogue, Kaltblut, and many more) and exhibitions and museums all over the world. Amber shoes have been featured in shoes courted by the Virtual Shoe Museum in Vienna, Klagenfurt, Doha and Dubai). She is currently working on her 8th collection and various commission projects. This will be the first time Amber shows to the Asian public.

Shoe collections by Amber Ambrose Aurèle
Original (Sin)suality (2012)
Illustrates what women are capable of: having soft and fragile characteristics and being empowered sexually at the same time. The shoes focuses on sin found in the purest places and beauty found in the darkest places: the capability of merciless sensuality in femmes fragiles and sweet persuasion in femmes fatales.

Hidden Messages in Water (2012)
Are heels first ever 3D-printed from metal. Amber materialized the pseudoscience of how human consciousness has an effect on water in the sculptural open construction of the heels. Metamorphosis suggested through a composition of icy hard and volatile soft material; the stages water can be found in.

Coruscate Imprisonment (2012)
Suggests capturing light through print design and clever footwear engineering. Striving not to demonstrate only the romantic and swift beauty that is often found in modern-day fast fashion, Amber created one of a kind shoes that light up in the dark powered by LED-fabric.

L’Amour (2014)
Inspired by the reflection of water; its form was translated into the use of mirror-porcelain and Plexiglas to represent the two sides of Hamlet’s Ophelia and her search for happiness. Amber’s narrative of L’Amour 'Her Happiness Is Never Her Own' is a story inspired by the young Ophelia reaching madness and her struggle of being truly happy without the influence of others. She is drowning in pain but still stays feminine and strong while being stuck between two different worlds.

Art Statements Gallery
Art Statements was founded by Dominique Perregaux in 2003 in Hong Kong. The gallery has since become an important establishment that represents in Asia internationally celebrated contemporary artists. Pursuing its goal of giving its artists a wide visibility and to reach a pan-Asian audience, Art Statements opened its first overseas branch in Tokyo in 2010. Beside its regular exhibition programme, the gallery is actively involved in dealing both Western and Chinese Modern and Contemporary Art as well as participating in international art fairs. Art Statements works also extensively with regional architects, interior designers and property developers in public art consultancy projects.

More info at Art Statements

About Dutch Days in Hong Kong
The month of April is known to the Dutch nation as Koningsdag or “King’s Day”. The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands celebrates and dedicates April as the month to hold the second edition of its art and culture festival in Hong Kong. The “Dutch Days in Hong Kong” festival is co-organized and curated by Asia Week Hong Kong. It will host a series of events and programs in art and culture, taking place all over Hong Kong. The program is a collaboration of many partners in the Netherlands and Hong Kong. The long awaited museum seminars are presented by the ABN AMRO Bank with distinguished speakers from Mauritshuis Museum, Het Scheepvaartmuseum and the Rijksmuseum, as well as their counterparts from the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Dutch Days in Hong Kong will feature exhibitions, art lectures, a film festival, a culinary evening, and performances. We aim to weave an engaging dialogue to share ideas and best practices between artists, the greater public, students, collectors and art patrons.

Haute couture shoes exhibition by Amber Ambrose Aurèle
From April 8 to May 28
Location Art Statements Gallery
Gee Chang Hong Centre, Factory D, 8/F
65 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Hong Kong

Monday - Saturday 12pm - 7pm
or by appointment with Markus Halberstam or Charlotte Foo, T +852 2696 2300
e-mail artstatements

More shoes by Amber Ambrose Aurèleat the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Shoes: Imprisonment of the continuously shifting © AAA, photo Peter Stigter.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 - From March 8 till April 10 2016 'Art & Sole' will be exhibited at the Miami Beach Regional Library. It features over 150 of the most inventive examples of these fantasy art shoes, remarkable for their imaginative construction and elaborate adornment. Curated by Jane Gershon Weitzman.
Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection
Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection

The 2015-2016 season will be presented as bassX in a satellite space in the Miami Beach Regional Library, located directly across the street from the Bass Museum.

Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection

Miami Beach Regional Library
227 22nd Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(between Collins Avenue and Liberty Avenue)

Mon and Tue 12- 8 pm
Wed - Sun 10 am – 6 pm
Closed on Public Holidays.

Free Admission.

Stuart Weitzman
Since opening its doors in 1996, luxury shoe brand Stuart Weitzman’s Madison Avenue flagship store has showcased footwear commissioned by artists, designers and craftsmen from around the world. Shoes are constructed of unexpected materials such as bronze, ceramic, wire, Plexiglas or in the case of Robert Steele, corrugated cardboard. Other shoes are noteworthy for their surfaces, embellished with feathers, gems, fresh flowers and cake frosting. Evelyn Kaplan who works in a mosaic art form pique assiette, crafted shoes from pieces vintage china, porcelain and ceramic knickknacks. Joan Klimo, who worked in fabric and mixed media, transformed shoes into whimsical soft sculptures.
Stuart Weitzman

Jane Gershon Weitzman
Art & Sole was curated by Jane Gershon Weitzman, Executive Vice President of Stuart Weitzman and Stuart Weitzman Retail, who also authored a book ( on the topic.

Jane Gershon Weitzman was the executive vice president of Stuart Weitzman and the first vice president of Stuart Weitzman Retail. She spearheaded philanthropy for the company by generating funds to support breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness. Her efforts were brought to life through innovative charity events on the brandʼs website, such as the Stuart Weitzman Celebrity Breast Cancer Shoe Auction, and its retail stores. She serves on the Trust Board of the Boston Childrenʼs Hospital. Weitzman: 'All of the shoes are made by artists I found while traveling. I began to collect them and since I was involved in dressing the windows of our first retail store I thought, why not create a space around one of these pieces of art?'.

Image: mosaic shoe by Sharon Von Senden/Collection of Jane Gershon Weitzman.

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