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 is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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