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Review: Christian Louboutin Exhibition

Friday 15 June 2012

The design museum is currently celebrating 20 years of Parisian shoe designer, Christian Louboutin. Inspired by a simple painting he saw of a shoe with a red score going through it, Louboutin has proven, since launching in 1991, that fashion is ART. 

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the shoemakers mind, inspired by travel, old Hollywood glamour, sex and fantasy.

“Most people see shoes as an accessory to walk in, however some shoes are for running -and some shoes are made for sex…” -Christian Louboutin

The fetish shoe collection which he designed in collaboration with David Lynch is a personal favourite of mine. Impossible to walk in or even put on, the shoes are displayed in glass cases with photographs of dancers and models wearing the designs beside each.

The Atelier room allows guests to see how Louboutin is inspired and how he creates. From designs straight through to production, objects both of his own and those collected on his travels are displayed around the room; notably the Mexican Day of the Dead ladies, his spiked menswear trainers, Barbie dolls and sketches and how quickly he has made the red sole, not only instantly recognisable, but an iconic image which will last for many years to come.

Exhibition ends July 9, Design Museum.

Words: Leanne Peterson