Olive Loves: “Shoe Obsession” Exhibition


Have you heard about Shoe Obsession, an exhibition of more than 150 designer shoes at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) in New York City? Lovers of fancy footwear and couture fashion need to put this on their must-see list this weekend! Why? The Shoe Obsession exhibition’s last day is tomorrow, Saturday, April 13, 2013.

It has been estimated that the average American woman owns about 20 pairs of shoes. However, the collections of true shoe fanatics are incredibly vast and variedd. Shoe Obsession features shoes from women with incredible collections. Jewelry designer Lynn Ban owns 20 pairs of heels by Azzedine Alaïa, as well as three pairs of Prada’s spring 2012 “flame” shoes. Baroness Monica von Neumann, whose love of exquisite high heels was outlined in the 2011 documentary “God Save My Shoes,” is represented by styles from eminent luxury brands such as Gucci and Hermès. Daphne Guinness—one of today’s most influential style icons—also lent a selection of her heels, including extreme examples by Alexander McQueen and Nina Ricci.

Prada’s Spring 2012 “flame” shoes

There are so many beautiful shoes on display…it’s no wonder why anyone would become obsessed with them! Each shoe is a carefully constructed masterpiece of art. Here are just a few of my favorites from the exhibition:


Eyelash Heel pump by Roger Vivier (Bruno Frisoni), Fall 2012-2013


Andreia Chaves’ Invisible shoes feature an asymmetrical façade of mirrors

This pair speaks to the true romantic in me!


The Museum is open today from noon to 8 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. For those who can’t make it in person, the exhibition is accompanied by a book, also titled Shoe Obsession, published by Yale University Press. In addition to essays by co-curators, Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator at The Museum at FIT, and Colleen Hill, associate curator of accessories, the book features more than 150 color photographs of exceptional 21st-century shoes. All royalties from sales of the book will benefit the Fashion Institute of Technology.

The Museum at FIT is the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion. Best known for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions, which The New York Times has described as “ravishing,” the museum has a collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present. The Museum at FIT collects, conserves, documents, exhibits, and interprets fashion. The museum’s mission is to advance knowledge of fashion through exhibitions, publications, and public programs.


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