Spotlight on Stilettos

Exploring the Sculptural, Architectural, and Artistic Dynamics of Heels Throughout History

It is an Iconic object of desire, something that dwells in fashion’s memory, growing always higher and higher as the decades ticked by, until the all-pervading moniker ‘killer heels’ was invented- shoes with heels so long and dangerous, that they could kill either physically, or emotionally through with their outrageous sexiness.

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, is the exhibition on view at the Brooklyn Museum from September 10, 2014, through to February 15, 2015, which celebrates more than 160 artfully-crafted historical and contemporary high heels from the seventeenth century through to the present.

It will be organized in six thematic sections—Revival and Reinterpretation, Rising in the East, Glamour and Fetish, Architecture, Metamorphosis, and Space Walk, examining the mystique and transformative power of the elevated shoe.

The exhibition also features six short films inspired by high heels that were specifically commissioned for this exhibition from artists Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome.

Other highlights of Killer Heels are Marilyn Monroe’s Ferragamo stilettos (1959); stiletto mules of silk, metal, and glass by Roger Vivier for House of Dior (1960); and a wool “heel hat” made by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dalí (1937–38).