Christian Louboutin @ Design Museum


For everyone in London wondering where all the girls have gone, look no further than the Design Museum. Women are quite literally queuing around the block for their chance to see the fabulous world of Christian Louboutin, with very few men in sight.

A twenty year retrospective of the Parisian shoe designer has transformed the interior of the museum into a decadent piece of luxury by the Thames. The rooms are full of glitz and glamour. Shoes are displayed on podiums, in lavish indoor gardens and surrounded by mirrors to display every angle of their beauty. We are exposed to feathers, sparkles, spikes and frills and even a room entitled ‘fetish’ – where the shoes are idolised to a new level. While I am not necessarily the biggest fan of Louboutin’s myself, by the way in which other girls were gushing over the exhibits, you can see why such a room was given to the show. The red soled objects of desire have been worn by everyone from the Princess of Monaco to Dita Von Teese, who had a place in the exhibition as a three dimensional holographic model.

While information about the shoes was kept to a minimum we were still given a little enlightenment into the career of their designer, Christian Louboutin. From his humble beginnings working at the Folies Bergere to his success today.

Even if a little lacking of annotation, for any fashionista around London, this exhibition is not to be missed. While not the most informative of shows, the signature red soled shoes made up for the lack of words with their elegance and poise and give a beautiful visual to Shad Thames.

Christian Louboutin is on show at the Design Museum until July 9

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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