The Museum at FIT, one of just a few fashion museums in the world, has a new exhibit that is sure to please shoe lovers. The "Shoe Obsession" exhibit explores what fashionistas around the world already know so well- that you can never have enough shoes.
The shoes on display run the gamut from high art, like the Keith Haring inspired heel by Nicholas Kirkwood to haute couture designers, like Christian Louboutin’s iconic lawsuit worthy red soled beauties. The Shoe Obsession exhibit features more than one hundred and fifty shoes, all dating from the twenty-first century, and explores fashion cultures ever growing fascination with high class heels.
Besides the shoes themselves museum goers will also get a unique insiders view into the world famous shoe collections of several style icons including those of jewelry designer Lynn Ban and fashion icon Daphne Guinness. Even the impact of fictional shoe lover Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City” is explored in this all inclusive exhibit.
Fashion exhibits have been big draws for even non-fashion related museums in recent years. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City famously features a fashion themed exhibit each summer. Some, such as the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Retrospective", have seen record numbers of visitors. But shoe exhibits are starting to take the lead as major museum draws. French shoe designer Christian Louboutin will be the subject of a retrospective in Toronto this summer following the hit exhibit featuring his work last year in London. Icon Marilyn Monroe was the subject of a fashion exhibition earlier this year in Italy.
View Slideshow: Marilyn Monroe’s famous shoes on display
This is a special exhibit at the Museum at FIT. Running concurrently with "Shoe Obsession" are the exhibits "Boots: The Height of Fashion" and "Fashion and Technology," an exhibit exploring how fashion has been shaped and impacted by new technologies throughout history. The permanent collection at the Museum at FIT includes more than fifty thousand garments and accessories. This includes historic pieces, avant-garde looks, and fashions from leading designers from around the world.
The exhibit began on February 8 and will run through April 13 at the Museum at FIT. The museum is located on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 27 Street in New York City. Admission to the exhibits is free. The museum is closed Sunday and Monday so plan your trip accordingly.