Fashionistas, fetishists and subculture enthusiasts alike will marvel at the vast showcase of over 150 pairs of shoe styles ranging from the extraordinary and avant-garde to shoes from the personal collections of haute couture icons including Daphne Guinness. 'Shoe Obsession' also features styles from many of the major fashion houses such as Azzedine Alaïa, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, and Prada.
How does someone know if they are truly shoe obsessed? Statistics show that today's average American woman owns about twenty pairs of shoes. That is nearly double what she owned in the late '90s. However, true shoe fanatics may possess hundreds of pairs.
These enthusiasts must wish they had Kurt Russell to make them rotating shoe closets like he did for Goldie Hawn's character in 'Overboard' the 1987 romantic comedy.
'Shoe Obsession' is curated by Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator. She has curated more than 20 exhibitions in the past ten years, including Gothic: Dark Glamour; Love & War: The Weaponized Woman; The Corset: Fashioning the Body; and Femme Fatale: Fashion in Fin-de-Siècle Paris. Colleen Hill is the associate curator of accessories. Fred Dennis is the senior curator of costume.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a book, also titled Shoe Obsession, published by Yale University Press.
The museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. They are closed on Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays. Admission is free and open to the public.