The new Louboutin exhibition in Paris: where the stiletto took its very first steps lifestyle
In February 2020, the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris will hold a big exhibition about the designer’s career which will include never seen before pieces, along with some of his most exclusive collaborations.
A place loved by him, and whose cultural offering left a strong impression on him when he was a child.
The stiletto with the famous red sole goes back to the place where it first made the heel-clicking sound.
In February 2020, a new exhibition will arrive in Paris: “Christian Louboutin, The Exhibition”; a retrospective of the iconic fashion and footwear designer, which will take place in the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris. A never seen before extensive exhibition dedicated to the French designer, which will include the most precious pieces from his personal collection, as well as some other lent out public collections. 300 pairs of shoes showcased as if they were real jewels in a museum, alongside exclusive collaborations such as the systematic panels designed for the Maison du Vitrail, a silver palanquin and a cabaret sculptured in Bhutan.
As well as that, there will be work on show by those standout artists that have worked alongside Louboutin, such as: David Lynch, the photographer, and Whitaker Malem, the British designers.
A child’s dream that turned into a shoe
It’s no wonder that the Palais de la Porte Dorée has been chosen to hold this exposition about the work by Christian Louboutin. From district 12 in Paris, adjacent to
1931 Art Deco style building, a young Louboutin used to stroll around the hallways in the museum time and time again, feeling the lure of its architectural and ornamental delights and the cultural diversity of the exhibitions.
“It was here where I first discovered the diversity of decorative and applicable art. I was taken by the fineness and the monumental character of the bas-relief by Alfred Auguste Janniot, together with the magnificent frescoes of the furniture by Ducos de la Haille and Ruhlmann and Printz. It is also here where I first saw a drawing that represented a shoe”, Louboutin says in a statement for “El Palais de la Porte Dorée” at the exposition.
Utterly captivated by the colours and the shine of tropical fish, and since the Palace is the HQ of the only aquarium in Paris, a then young Louboutin started to both see and put together his very first Maquereau shoe, made with metallic leather. It is said that, when faced with the impossibility of going in the building with heels on, the designer could see what his first stilettos would be like between its walls.
Commissioned by Olivier Gabet, the director of Decorative Arts in the Museum, the Loubutin exposition is aimed at luring visitors into how the designer’s talent was created in the historic building which left a strong impression on him when he was a child. Creative inspiration which, fed his passion for travelling, the cinema and literacy; giving shape to the legendary stilettos.
Christian Louboutin: the exhibition
From February 20 to July 20
Palais de la Porte Dorée
293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris
Cover picture credit: © Guillaume Fandel
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