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Opening September 10: Killer Heels

Brooklyn Museum has another fabulous show!

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Hot on the heels of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is our upcoming exhibition Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, on view September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015. (Opens to the public at 2 p.m. on September 10.)

Killer Heels explores fashion’s most provocative accessory, looking at the high-heeled shoe’s rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination. It features more than 160 heels on loan from world-famous designers, the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Bata Shoe Museum. There are also six specially commissioned films inspired by high heels. So walk—or run—to see it! 

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“I wanted to make a shoe with an invisible heel. I looked down and there it was: The Eames chair leg from the chair I was sitting on. . . . What if the heel pretended to be not a part of the shoe but be part of the surroundings? This way the heel would be in disguise and in a way disappear. . . . The chair became a part of the shoe by the simple gesture of remix in design.”

—Rem D. Koolhaas, United Nude

killer shoesWalter Steiger. “Unicorn Tayss,” Spring 2013. Courtesy of Walter Steiger. Photo: Jay Zukerkorn

Killer ShoesWinde Rienstra. “Bamboo Heel,” 2012. Bamboo, glue, plastic cable ties. Courtesy of Winde Rienstra. Photo: Jay Zukerkorn

Killer ShoesItalian. Chopine, 1550–1650. Silk, metal. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Herman Delman, 1955. 2009.300.1494a, b. Brooklyn Museum photograph, Mellon Costume Documentation Project, Lea Ingold and Lolly Koon, photographers