Louboutin shoes are our excuse!

by Ozlem Baydar

We are head over heels: Happy Birthday Monsieur Louboutin! Louboutin shoes are our excuse!  The Design Museum in London is holding a retrospective exhibition on Christian Louboutin focusing on his life while giving an insight on the manufacturing process of his famous shoes.



We are head over heels: Happy Birthday Monsieur Louboutin!

Louboutin shoes are our excuse!  The Design Museum in London is holding a retrospective exhibition on Christian Louboutin focusing on his life while giving an insight on the manufacturing process of his famous shoes. We have a very good reason to nip to London. Let`s take a sneak peek!

Velvety seats, adorning mirrors, magical glitzy installations and a carousel display are all the elements magnifying the red -soled shoes. How could anyone not feel  like they`re  in a modern fairy-tale? The icing on the cake comes as the 3-D hologram of the queen of the burlesque, Dita Von Teese who is spirited away and then reappears through dusty sparkles. The performance of Dita Von Teese reaffirms the future collaboration of Christian Louboutin with Disney, so much so she is like a sexy Cinderella.

We 50 but Nifties are so obsessed with shoes that we all know at least someone (yes, you can admit it: you!) who owns a designer shoe collection. Monsieur Louboutin, 49  has been designing shoes for the best part of twenty years and in this respect he is an “exception française”. He owns his excellent reputation gained within a few years solely on his soles.  Oprah Winfrey, Dita Von Teese, Daphne Guinness or our friends from Sex and the City all have had a love relationship with Louboutin shoes. Today women are in adoration with shoes and collect them. Christina Aguilera is said to own 300 pairs of Louboutin shoes and  Kristin Scott Thomas, now in her early 50`s has also claimed to have travelled with several pairs of Louboutin shoes all held within a special  suitcase! Many  women are addicted to designer shoes and unless you have deep pockets the exhibition is a way of indulging your obsession with shoes.

But what is the inspiration behind the creator of the red-lacquered sole?

The exhibition showcases sky-high boots to the quirkiest ballerina and spiky leather stiletto shoes. They are all power pieces, quintessentially glamorous and designed to sex  women up. Christian Louboutin was born in Paris and left school at 16 to be an entertainer`s assistant at the Folies Bergère in 1980. His universe is theatrical : you can`t miss the cabaret influence paired up with sex, fantasy and fetishism. His meeting in 1988 with Roger Vivier was the experience of a lifetime and a considerable influence and heritage of savoir- faire.

Whether for a spectator or a collector of Louboutin shoes the exhibition is an enchanting  travel through a modern fairy-tale.

To 9 July, Design Museum,  London

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