Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Christian Louboutin @ The Design Museum 1 May - 9 July! Xx



Having celebrated his 20 years career with a book, 
published by Rizzoli,
see my Post
as well as an edited Capsule collection
see my Post
of his most memorable designs earlier this year, 
Christian Louboutin delivered an overview of
his life’s work to London, in the form of his first retrospective.





The Design Museum exhibition opened
officially on May 1st, 
however friends of the designer were invited on 
Monday night for a sneak peak at the dynamic show.

Following the private view at the museum, 
attendees headed to The Club at The Ivy for the after party.
The Louboutin’s danced the night away 
to tunes spun by Henry Holland and The London Guns. 



Special guests included: Anya Hindmarch. Bip Ling, 
Daphne Guinness, Dita Von Teese, Dom Howard,
Evgeny Lebedev, Heather Kerzner, Henry Holland, 
Holliday Grainger, Holly Fulton, India Hicks,
Jasmine Guinness, Jonathan Saunders, 
Mark Fast, Mary Charteris, Mika, Roland Mouret, Sophie
Kennedy Clark, Sophie Dahl, Todd Lynn, Theo Hutchcraft 



Photographs: Dave Benett/Getty Images

 

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
1 MAY – 9 JULY
 
The Design Museum presents the first UK retrospective of iconic French
shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career which has pushed
the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. 




 

Louboutin’s exquisite shoes, with their instantly recognisable glossy red
soles, are a unique fusion of fashion, craftsmanship, engineering and
sculpture. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career to date and
showcases twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry
and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded
sneakers and bejewelled pumps. Louboutin’s shoes are the epitome of
style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance. 
 
Drawing from Christian Louboutin’s personal archive, the exhibition
presents his celebrated shoe designs, referencing the origins of the iconic
red sole, through to the latest Louboutin collections including a range for
men and desirable handbags.
 

A dramatic exhibition environment will present Louboutin’s artistic
personality and creative approach. It will examine the many sources of his
creativity, shoes inspired by performance, cabaret and the showgirl; fantasy
and fairy tale; art and architecture; film; landscape and travel. The exhibition
will also focus on the handcrafted shoe, one-off designs which incorporate
his highly innovative ideas, forms and materials. There will be a special
section dedicated to the shoes designed for ‘Fetish’ an exhibition at the La
Gallerie Du Passage, Paris in 2007, a unique collaboration of photography
between Louboutin and acclaimed artist David Lynch.
 
At the core of the exhibition will be a unique exploration of Louboutin’s
design process, taking the visitor through every stage of the design journey,
revealing how a shoe is constructed, from the initial drawing and first
prototype through to production in the factory. Looking beyond design and
production the exhibition will also explore the company’s innovative store
design in which Louboutin is always closely involved.



 
 
About the Design Museum
The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and
industrial design. It is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture.
It demonstrates both the richness of the creativity to be found in all forms of design,
and its importance. The Design Museum is the definitive voice of contemporary
design in the UK. Founded in 1989 and currently located in Shad Thames,
 its work encompasses all elements of design,
 including product design, graphic design, and fashion.

For the past 22 years, the museum has hosted exhibitions showcasing
some of the most important pioneers of design including, 
Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Jonathan Ive, and Dieter Rams. 
The Design Museum plans to relocate from its
current home at Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute building, in
Kensington, West London. 
see my Post on the Calvin Klein Dinner
The project is expected to be completed by 2014.
Leading designer John Pawson will convert the interior of the 
Commonwealth Institute building to create a 
new home for the Design Museum giving it three times
more space in which to show a wider range of exhibitions, 
showcase its world class
collection and extend its learning programme. 
For more information please visit:
www.designmuseum.org 

Until next time J Xx




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