My Favourite Shoe Exhibition
My Favourite Shoe explores how vintage shoes inspire and influence contemporary designers. The exhibition showcases some of the most exciting contemporary shoe brands and designers working in UK, including Harry’s of London, Pretty Ballerinas and Crocket and Jones. Each designer has selected a favourite shoe from Northampton Museum and Art Gallery’s world famous shoe collection and paired it with one of their own shoe designs, illustrating the link between current shoe design and vintage designs.
The pop-up is part of a wider drive – dubbed The Cinderella Syndrome – to raise awareness of the Northampton shoe heritage collection and make it accessible to new audiences by taking items from the collection into non-museum venues. It has been made possible thanks to an Arts Council England funding award of £47,000 to Northampton Borough Council’s museum service.
Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “Northampton is the shoemaking capital of England and home to some of the finest shoemakers in the world.
“We are also home to the nation’s finest and largest collection of shoes and shoe heritage which is recognised for its national and international significance. By reaching out to different audiences in non-museum venues we hope to raise awareness of our amazing collection and attract new visitors to our town.”
Eleanor Luther, Identity PR for the Royal Exchange, said: “The Royal Exchange is delighted to play host to ‘My Favourite Shoe’ exhibition, in conjunction with Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. An establishment with close ties to many of our exclusive footwear brands, the museum exhibition offers the opportunity for luxury shoe labels to give an insight into the origins of their inspiration and fashions, to our discerning City audience.”
Image: Vivienne Westwood gold platforms