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THE MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS PUTS HER BEST FOOT FORWARD
Several of you have asked questions about the fashion exhibit Marche et démarche, une histoire de la chaussure at the Musée des arts décoratifs, seeing that I mentioned it twice in my earlier post about Christian Louboutin’s exhibit L’Exhibition[niste]. So here are some photos to whet your appetite. If you’re thinking about going, RUN, don’t walk. This exhibit ends soon on March 22nd, 2020.
A couple of years ago I completed a specialisation in Fashion History at the École du Louvre. My teacher was the inspiring Denis Bruna who also curated the spectacular exhibit Tenue correcte exigée ! in 2017. (Yay, lots of amazing adjectives!) This new exhibit explores how the shoe has evolved from a basic accessory to a cultural phenomena. There are several small rooms, each one exploring a historical or cultural theme. I’d recommend carving out a good couple of hours to enjoy the presentations fully.
The “Rainbow” shoe (front, centre) was designed by Salvatore Ferragamo for Judy Garland in 1938. The text explains how alternative materials, such as cork and wood (this pair is in cork) became popular after the shortage of certain materials like leather during WWII. This is also the shoe that inspired the mega-version at the entrance to the exhibit. See my opening image.