“Marche et Démarche” a history of the shoe November 7 – February 23, 2020

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The exhibition “Marche et démarche” questions the status of the shoe as an indispensable accessory of everyday life by visiting the different ways of walking from the Middle Ages to today, both in the West and in non-European cultures. How do women, men and children walk through time, cultures, and social groups?

The theme of this exhibition was born during the study of a shoe worn by Marie-Antoinette in 1792 which was in the museum’s collections. The shoe measured 21 cm long and 5 cm wide. The question that arose was how could a 37 year old woman slip her foot into such a small shoe? Research in the texts of the period-chronicles, memoirs, novels-reveals that in the eighteenth century the ladies of the aristocracy, then the nineteenth century walked very little and that their mobility was controlled and that the urban universe was hostile to them.




Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.