Shoes: Pleasure and Pain – The V&A Summer 2015 Exhibition

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London,  prepares an extraordinary exhibition for the summer fashion of 2015, and the main characters will be SHOES: Pleasure and Pain. The exhibition will take visitors on a cultural journey, from ancient Egypt to nowadays, with more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes from around the world on display, some for the first time. Dramatic shapes, head spinning high heels, developments in footwear technology.

Invisible Naked Version by Andreia Chaves, 2011

Shoes are one of the most telling aspects of dress,” Helen Persson, the exhibition’s curator, said. “Beautiful, sculptural objects, they are also powerful indicators of gender, status, identity, taste and even sexual preference. Our choice in shoes can help project an image of who we want to be.”

The exhibition, occupying two floors, is divided into three sections: Transformation – presenting shoes that are part of legends and folklore worldwide; Status – which explores how impractical but beautiful shoes have come to represent privilege; and Seduction –  showing shoes “representing an expression of sexual empowerment or a passive source of pleasure“.

Italian chopines, 1600

Take a look at the gallery below – just a taste of what to expect at the new fashion exhibition at the V&A Museum in London.  The museum hosts the exhibition starting from June 13, 2015 until January 31, 2016

Roger Vivier for Christian Dior, 1958-60

Sophia Webster, 2013

Indian wedding shoe, 1800s

Marbled and gilded leather mens shoes, 1925

Egyptian sandal, 30 BCE – 300 CE

Caroline Groves Parakeet shoes, 2014

Freed ballet slippers from The Red Shoes, 1948

Zaha Hadid for United Nude, 2013


  1. roxiefox

    Reblogged this on Miss Roxie's Blog and commented:
    From the wierd to the wonderful, from painful to pleasure, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London is preparing a shoe exhibition for 2015 that will cover footwear from ancient to modern times so it is an opportunity for shoe fetishists to get a glimpse of footwear fashion through the ages. Here are just a few examples of style that will be on show.

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