Killer Heels: the art of the stiletto – in pictures


Heels are fashion’s most provocative accessory. From the high platform chopines of sixteenth-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos on today’s runways and red carpets, the exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum (September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015) looks at the high-heeled shoe’s rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination.

Deadly sharp stilettos, architecturally inspired wedges and platforms, and a number of artfully crafted shoes that defy categorization are featured among the more than 160 historical and contemporary heels on loan from designers, from the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and from the Bata Shoe Museum.

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Italian. Chopine, 1550 1650. Silk, metal.
1550-1650: Chopine, Italy, silk and metal. Photograph: Lea Christiano/ Brooklyn Museum
Chinese Manchu Woman's Shoe, 19th century. Cotton, embroidered satin-weave silk.
19th century: Manchu woman’s shoe, China, cotton and embroidered satin-weave silk. Photograph: Brooklyn Museum
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839 1892). The Moon at Kuruwa, from the series,  One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 1886. Woodblock color print on paper, Bequest of Dr. Eleanor Z. Wallace.
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839-92). Photograph: Brooklyn Museum
French boots, 1900-1920. Leather and cellulose.
1900-1920: French boots, leather and cellulose. Photograph: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Casuccio e Scalera per Loris Azzaro (Italian). Sandal, 1974-79. Leather, synthetic material, cotton. T
1974-79: Casuccio e Scalera per Loris Azzaro, Italy, leather, synthetic material and cotton. Photograph: Bata Shoe Museum
Vivienne Westwood.  Super Elevated Gillie,  1993.
1993: Vivienne Westwood, Super Elevated Gillie. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn/Vivienne Westwood.
2006: Miu Miu, Cammeo Baroque, leather wedge. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn/Prada
Chau Har Lee.  Blade Heel,  2010. Perspex, stainless steel, leather.
2010: Chau Har Lee, Blade Heel, perspex, stainless steel and leather. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn/Chau Har Lee
Prada. Wedge Sandal in Rosso, Bianco, and Nero Leather, Spring/Summer 2012.
2012: Prada, wedge sandal in leather. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn/Prada
Winde Rienstra.  Bamboo Heel,  2012. Bamboo, glue, plastic cable ties.
2012: Winde Rienstra, bamboo heel with plastic cable ties. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn/Winde Rienstra
Noritaka Tatehana.  Atom,  2012-13. Faux leather. Courtesy of Noritaka Tatehana.
2012: Noritaka Tatehana, Atom, faux leather. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn/Noritaka Tatehana
Jantaminiau.  L'image Tranquille,  2013. (Handcrafted by Ren  van den Bezrg.)
2013: Jantaminiau, L’image Tranquille. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn/Jantaminiau
Iris van Herpen X United Nude.
2013: Iris van Herpen, Beyond Wilderness. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn/United Nude
Zaha Hadid X United Nude. NOVA,  2013. Chromed vinyl rubber, kid napa leather, fibreglass.
2013: Zaha Hadid, NOVA, chromed vinyl rubber, napa leather and fiberglass. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn/Jay Zukerkorn/United Nude
Christian Louboutin. Printz,  Spring/Summer 2013 14. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin.
2013/14: Christian Louboutin, Printz. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn/Christian Louboutin
Nick Knight. Study for La Douleur Exquise, 2014.
Nick Knight. Study for La Douleur Exquise, 2014. Photograph: Nick Knight and SHOWstudio
Storyboard for Steven Klein, Untitled, 791, 2014.
Storyboard for Steven Klein, Untitled, 791, 2014. Photograph: Steven Klein studio
Rashaad Newsome. Still from Knot, 2014. S
Rashaad Newsome. Still from Knot, 2014. Photograph: Rashaad Newsome © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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