Dear Shaded Viewers,
If you had not already planned your trip to Antwerp to see the outstanding FootPrint – The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion exhibition at the MoMu, now is the moment, well, get through PFW first.
The renowned nine inch platform shoes by Vivienne Westwood that made the world news in 1993 with Naomi Campbell's spectacular fall on the catwalk, is now on display in FootPrint – The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion in MoMu Antwerp.
The iconic shoe in imitation crocodile leather (mock crock) has a very distinct Vivienne Westwood signature. Westwood is known for her provocative and punk-inspired designs that often play with symbols from British history. The 'super elevated Ghillie shoe', is a mix of historical chopine shoes where the extreme height of the platform implies the social status of the wearer, the 'ghillie shoes', a Scottish shoe for shepherds with crossed laces tied very high up and a stripper shoe with its typical form.
Westwood herself about the platform shoes: 'Shoes must have high heels and platforms to put the beauty of the female body on a pedestal.'
Karen Van Godtsenhoven, curator MoMu: 'Westwood is well known for her shoes, she has managed to create a unique shape and style that are immediately recognizable as Westwoods. There's always statement in all her creations. If shoes are an emotion, Westwood would be eroticism and rebellion.'
The famous shoe can now be seen along with 600 other groundbreaking shoe designs at MoMu. 'FootPrint' is still running until February 16th!