The exhibition emphasizes the affluent cultural history of footwear design and its relation to status, power, fantasy, and sexuality – identifying the use of innovative or unexpected materials that push the limits of functionality and beauty.
Viewers will transcend time through unique creations from the 18th & 19th centuries and relish the beauty of contemporary pieces by internationally acclaimed designers, including Manolo Blahnik, Salvatore Ferragamo, Christian Louboutin, and Roger Vivier as well as shoes from design houses such as Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Comme des Garcons and Rick Owens, among others.
A special highlight will feature designs from the Holland-based Virtual Shoe Museum collection – a collaboration between The Art of Fashion Show™ curator Luis Valenzuela and creator/curator of the museum, Liza Snook. The exhibition also stretches technology to its limits with pieces designed using 3D Printing by companies such as 3DStuffMaker.
In an effort to support emerging artists, “All About Shoes” will showcase pieces by finalists of the Shoe-IN(novation) Design Dash, a collaboration with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science that celebrates multidisciplinary innovation in youth with footwear designs that combine art, science and technology.