Exhibition

MoMu presents FootPrint. The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion

Jurgi Persoons, S/S 1997, heel-only shoe in wood and patent leather. The heel is a reproduction of a 1950s sandal. Photo: MoMu/ Frédéric Uyttenhove, Graphical Design: Jelle Jespers

Jurgi Persoons, S/S 1997, heel-only shoe in wood and patent leather. The heel is a reproduction of a 1950s sandal. Photo: MoMu/ Frédéric Uyttenhove, Graphical Design: Jelle Jespers

From September 3rd MoMu presents the exhibition ‘Footprint. The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion’, telling the story of inspirational and groundbreaking fashion shoes of the twentieth and twentyfirst centuries. The exhibition shines a light on those fashion and shoe designers who left their footprint on the world of shoes by means of the exquisite and innovative designs they created. Their craft and art came together in architectural shapes, leaving a footprint on the fashion images of their time. The exhibition will include insights into the evolution and design of the shoes on display from the individual designers and creators, many of whom have influenced footwear for decades.

Maison Martin Margiela, S/S 1996, leather 'tabi'shoes with round heel. The shoe only consist of sole, heal wrapped with tape around leg. Photo: MoMu/ Frédéric Uyttenhove

Maison Martin Margiela, S/S 1996, leather ‘tabi’shoes with round heel. The shoe only consist of sole, heal wrapped with tape around leg. Photo: MoMu/ Frédéric Uyttenhove

The exhibition is based on the long-term loan to MoMu from shoe collectors Geert Bruloot and Eddy Michiels, and will include early and iconic work by Prada, Martin Margiela, Dirk Bikkembergs, Dries Van Noten, Tokio Kumagaï, Ann Demeulemeester, Raf Simons, Roger Vivier, Vivienne Westwood, Salvatore Ferragamo, Patrick Cox, Jean Paul Gaultier, Manolo Blahnik, Balenciaga, Azzedine Alaïa and many more!

Tokio Kumagaï, ca. 1989, 'Eye', leather sandal with eye motive, hair from paint brush at the tip of the shoe. Photo: MoMu/Frédéric Uyttenhove

Tokio Kumagaï, ca. 1989, ‘Eye’, leather sandal with eye motive, hair from paint brush at the tip of the shoe. Photo: MoMu/Frédéric Uyttenhove

The MoMu shoe collection will be on show, together with unique shoes from designers’ archives, private and museum collections from all over the world.

Azzedine Alaïa, S/S 2007, leather sandel with wedge in wood and patent metal, rubber sole. Photo: MoMu/ Frédéric Uyttenhove

Azzedine Alaïa, S/S 2007, leather sandel with wedge in wood and patent metal, rubber sole. Photo: MoMu/ Frédéric Uyttenhove

A book by the title ‘FootPrint – The tracks of shoes in fashion’, published by Lannoo, will accompany the exhibition. The book will contain over 30 interviews by Geert Bruloot with the world-renowned shoe and fashion designers responsible for some of the landmark shoe designs of the past 40 years. Accompanied by new images of Bruloot and Michiels’s shoe collection by photographer Frederic Uyttenhove, and images from the designers’ archives, it promises to be a true feast for shoe enthusiasts and fashion lovers alike. FootPrint features contributions from writer and editor Hettie Judah.