Saturday, 5 November 2011

Ever seen a ballet stiletto ?

Calling all shoe-a-holics!

I seriously urge you to head down to Brick Lane's Loading Gallery which is showcasing an exhibition to feed your addiction by displaying every kind of shoe imaginable. And I mean ANY.

Tea time anyone ? 'Alice in Wonderland' by Nicholas Kirkwood 

Shoes For Show: The Sculptural Art of High Heels shows off the fanciful and fabulous creations of famed shoe designers and their quite literal 'mad skills.'

Rupert Sanderson's strappy gold numbers, made for Verdi's Aida at the Royal Opera House, resemble footwear from Greek mythology. 

Visitors spiralled down a 'rabbit hole' of visual art by British Fashion Awards winner Nicholas Kirkwood's beautiful design adorned with red roses in bloom, tiny green leaves, silver chains and chessboard-patterned heels. Another creation included a glittering green pair, with candy floss pink and shiny flaps.

What undoubtedly had me swooning were the infamous Swarovski encrusted beauties made for the English National Ballet. 

Clearly, there was NOTHING flat about these ballet pumps. 

From Beyonce's futuristic Gareth Pugh toe-tapper booties she wore in the 'Run the World' music video to couture queen's Daphne Guinness' donated one-off pair of shoes. 

Scroll down for an exclusive look at these couture pieces that give a new meaning to 'beauty before function.'

the famous Beyonce numbers 

Joanne Stoker for Selfridges, 2011

Katie Eary for Nike

Turkish Baths shoes, 1890s

You can't have a shoe exhibition without the designer of shoes that are 'better than sex' as coined by Madonna - Manolo Blahnik !
Sophia Grace Webster, Manolo Blahnik 

Chau Har Lee, 2009

 Presented by online shoe store, the exhibition showed off everything we love about fancy and fantasy footwear. Even if they are just for their two minutes of catwalk fame.

"The Shoe... a sign of recognition. Just as the ring slips onto the slender finger, the glass slipper will fit but the most delicate of beauties." - Jean Paul Roux , 2004 

1 comment:

  1. The ballet shoes are so stylish and beautiful. We love these shoes with small diamonds. But will anyone be able to use them :-).