Friday, May 16, 2014
History under your feet: 3000 years of shoes is a special exhibition at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel and is devoted to that everyday object that for millennia has served to protect the soles of men, women and children. In collaboration with the Northampton Shoe Museum in England, home to the world’s largest collection of historical shoes, this exhibition of over 250 pairs of shoes takes you on a journey through the footwear fashions of the last 3000 years. In addition to its purely protective function and its importance for many people as a fashion item, throughout history the shoe has also been connected with social status and membership of particular social groups. In ancient Egypt, only pharaohs were allowed to wear sandals made of silver or gold. The oldest shoe in the exhibition comes from Egypt, and dates from around 1000 BC. In the meantime, the shoe has also become a subject for the art world, and more than 20 artists from across the globe have made their artistic shoe creations available for the exhibition. Shoes from the designers of tomorrow also offer visitors a taste of the future. The exhibition runs from 18th October 2014 - 6th April 2015
Saturday, May 3, 2014
J.K. Rowling hosted a BBC Radio 4 program dedicated to footwear. The commissioned segment, which was part of Rowling's guest editing stint for Women’s Hour, focused on the "myth and power" of shoes and their historical and literary importance.
The power of the media to influence consumers was witnessed recently in Korea and China. A new Korean TV soap called, “My Love From the Star,” featured Korean film star Jun Ji-hyun slipping on glittering Jimmy Choo pumps (Abel in anthracite). Within days it was reported stocks ran so low in Chinese and Korean shoe stores they had to notify the Jimmy Choo’s London executives clients were coming in with smartphone snapshots of the shoe on a mysterious new television show. The dainty $US 625 pump sold out which is a timely warning just in case it was required fads, magnified and fuelled by social media, now move around the globe far faster than manufacturers of handmade luxury goods can respond. This is not the first time a featured shoe has caused a sell out and it happened when Opray Wimfrey endorses Ugg boots in the US.