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

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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.

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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

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

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 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) there will be a performance by Xavier G-Solís at the Museum.

For more information Musée international de la chaussure de Romans

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