Christian Louboutin celebrated his brand’s 20th anniversary today with the launch of his first ever retrospective exhibition at London’s Design Museum. Though the shoe designer and I haven’t seen eye to eye on his footwear designs over the last few years, there’s no denying that he’s changed the face of shoe design over the last 20 years of his career and created countless to-die-for pairs of red-soled heels during that time (many of which are sitting pretty in my closet). The exhibition runs May 1 to July 9, and I’m dying to see it.
The Design Museum presents iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career which has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career showcasing twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps. Be taken on a magical journey of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance.
At the core of the exhibition is a unique exploration of Louboutin’s design process, taking the visitor through every stage of the design journey, revealing how a shoe is constructed, from the initial drawing and first prototype through to production in the factory.
I’ve always regretted missing Louboutin’s visit to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto back in 2005, and now here’s my chance to finally make up for it. It’s just a quick jaunt over the pond, right? Find out more about the exhibition at designmuseum.org.