2012 is a big year for Christian Louboutin: he’s celebrating 20 years in business and to celebrate this momentous occasion, a retrospective of his work (read: lots and lots of SHOES) was opened at the Design Museum in London last week. I was lucky enough to attend the opening and the press conference with Mr. Louboutin, who turned up fashionably late, as he was still putting the finishing touches on the exhibition.
During the press conference, we got a real insight into the man behind the global brand. He was charming, funny, down-to-earth and not at all what I expected. He spoke of his childhood, surrounded by lots of women, and his love for cabaret, which is how he started designing his now iconic shoes. When asked why women loved his shoes so much, he told us about his respect and fascination for women, and how he understood what women want (in a shoe, that is). “I have yet to meet a girl who wants shorter legs” – possibly my favourite quote from the press conference!
He arranged the exhibition in different sections, so that visitors would get an insight into how a shoe is created, a look into his atelier, some of his famous designs, a section on his “fetish” shoes and even a hologram show in which one of his shoes transforms into a dazzling Dita Von Teese. In short, lots and lots and lots of beautiful shoes and a true hommage to Christian Louboutin’s work. I don’t want to give too much away, because the exhibition is definitely worth a visit, but below are some snaps to give you an idea…
Christian Louboutin at the Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
London SE1 2YD
01 May – 09 July
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