Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/17 19:28:40

Swire Properties has partnered with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), the world's leading museum of art and design, to bring its critically acclaimed exhibition - "Shoes: Pleasure and Pain" to Asia for the first time. This exhibition explores how shoes can cause both irritation as well as comfort for the wearer; and more importantly, how footwear choices reflect human and societal behavior. Featuring over 140 pairs of shoes from around the world and from as far back as the 1370's, visitors can also admire footwear created by iconic designers or items worn by international celebrities, diving into the fascinating world of a shoe collector. This exhibition comprises five sections: Transformation, Status, Seduction, Creation and Obsession. The V&A's shoe collection is unrivalled; objects on display include footwear from around the globe including Africa, Asia and Europe. The exhibition is curated by Helen Persson, who uses the collection to explore the transformative power of footwear; and how, more than any other aspect of dress, it has been used to express personality and capture identity. For modern day shoe-lovers, this exhibition will be a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the iconic designs of Salvatore Ferragamo, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Vivienne Westwood, Roger Vivier, Karl Lagerfeld and Zaha Hadid. There will also be a host of additional exhibits, ranging from sketches and accessories to shoes worn by Charlie Chaplin, Paul Newman, Princess Diana and Dita Von Teese. The final section of the exhibition, Obsession, will immerse visitors in the world of the shoe collector. The exhibition will then make its way in 2018 to Chengdu, Guangzhou and Beijing, before finally finishing its tour at Pacific Place in Hong Kong.

Date: September 22 to November 5, 11 am - 9 pm

Venue: HKRI Taikoo Hui


Address: 789 Nanjing Road West, Jing'an Distirct


Admission: Free

Call 2208-3500 for more details

Photo: Courtesy of Swire Properties and the Victoria and Albert Museum



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