V&A announces Shoes exhibition for 2015

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The the show will feature over 200 historic and contemporary pairs and will examine “the transformative power of extreme footwear.”

“Shoes are one of the most telling aspects of dress, ” says exhibition curator Helen Persson. “Beautiful, sculptural objects, they are also powerful indicators of gender, status, identity, taste and even sexual preference. Our choice in shoes can help project an image of who we want to be.”

Highlights of the exhibition will include shoes worn by or associated with icons including Marilyn Monroe, Sarah Jessica Parker and Daphne Guinness, as well as the ballet slippers from The Red Shoes and styles worn by Queen Victoria.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is sponsored by Clarks and Agent Provocateur will open on June 13 next year and run until January 31st 2016.