Beyonce is known for her style and flair and for duplicating the centuries style icon’s. This time Beyonce’s own unique style is being put on display at the Sculptural Art of High Heels show in London next month.
Beyonce’s ‘medieval armour’ shoes among those featured in display of the crazy, beautiful and downright unwearable heels in the show.
The Sculptural Art of High Heels features shows that were mostly designed to be unwearable. The shoes in the show demonstrates that shoes can blur the boundary between art and fashion.
“I wanted not to dismiss the functionality [of the shoes], but to focus on their beauty by placing them in the context of a gallery as sculptural pieces of art,” explained the exhibition’s curator, Shonagh Marshall. “I wanted to highlight the mathematical proportion and precision that goes into shoe design.”
Among the exhibits are the shoes worn by Beyoncé in the video Run the World (Girls): created by the maverick British designer Gareth Pugh, they resemble medieval face armour.
News of the exhibition came in the week top shoe designer Christian Louboutin – whose en pointe Swarovski-encrusted ballet stilettos for the ENO are also included in the exhibition – caused a stir with comments linking high heels to the female libido.
Louboutin reportedly said “putting your foot in a heel, you are putting yourself in a possibly orgasmic situation”, an idea that had feminists rolling their eyes and yawning.
Marshall, however, said this exhibition would not be examining Louboutin’s theory: “I feel like that’s old ground,” she said. “I didn’t want to do that discussion.”
The shoes will be on display at The Loading Bay in London November 4th through the 8th