The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology Shoe Obsession exhibition catalogue

Shoe Obsession

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'From wedge to prism to stiletto, Valerie Steele and Colleen Hill of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology meticulously chronicle the world of fancy footwear in their new book' T Magazine

anina Alleyne’s “Exoskeleton” - Shoe Obsession, The Fashion Institute of Technology Museum in New York

This richly illustrated book, which accompanied a recent exhibition at MFIT, explores western culture’s fascination with extravagant and fashionable shoes. Over the past decade, shoe design has become increasingly central to fashion, with fashion companies paying ever more attention to shoes and other accessories. 

Co-written by one of the world’s leading historians of fashion and an authority on fashion accessories, the book features approximately 150 pairs of the most extreme and ultra-fashionable styles of the past 12 years, including work by such prominent designers as Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy, Christian Louboutin and Bruno Frisoni for Roger Vivier, as well as shoes by influential design houses such as Azzedine Alaïa, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, and Prada. Avant-garde styles by up-and-coming designers such as Japan’s Kei Kagami and Noritaka Tatehana are also highlighted.

Shoe Obsession examines recent extreme and fantastical shoe styles in relation to the history of high heels, the role of shoes as a reflection of their wearers’ personality traits, and the importance of shoes in art and exhibitions. The book is lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs of spectacular contemporary shoe designs.

  • Authors: Valerie Steele, Director, MFIT
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Date published:  March 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300190793
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 25.6 x 1.9 cm