Breakfast Talks: Talking Heads Talking Shoes

WeberHodelFeder, AW 2014-2015. Photo/Foto: Frédéric Uyttenhove

WeberHodelFeder, AW 2014-2015. Photo/Foto: Frédéric Uyttenhove


This autumn, MoMu is organizing 2 breakfast talks at Valerie Traan Gallery with international iconic shoe designers talking about their lives, inspirations, creations and personal perspectives on the fashion world. On 15 November MoMu welcomes the British shoe designer Patrick Cox and on 13 December, the French shoe designer Pierre Hardy.


15/11 – Patrick Cox

Born in Edmonton, Canada in 1963, Patrick Cox’s first steps into the world of fashion came via the Toronto nightclub scene when he was a teenager. Following a move to London in 1983 to study at Cordwainers College, his engagement with the city’s nightlife led to fortuitous encounters with luminaries of the London fashion scene – including associates of Vivienne Westwood for whom he went on to design show shoes, including her first platform heels.

Cox debuted his own label directly after graduating in 1985, with the succes of his hip, witty designs leading to the opening of his first store, only six years later. In 1993 he launched ‘Wannabe’ – a diffusion range of block-heeled loafers in faux exotic skins and eye-catching colors – the style was a runaway success, and is now a key aesthetic reference for 1990s fashion. Having parted company with his namesake brand in 2008, he opened the saucy cupcake venture Cox Cookies & Cake in London’s Soho in 2010, then in 2011 signed on to design for the Italian shoe company Geox. In autumn of 2015, he launched a new solo venture – Lathbridge – a collection of Italian-made, British-inspired shoes for men and women.

13/12 – Pierre Hardy

Born in Paris in 1956, Pierre Hardy studied fine art and dance. After a short stint in the performing arts, he started designing shoes for Christian Dior in 1987, and in 1990 was appointed creative director of men’s and women’s footwear at Hermès. For S/S 1999, he launched his eponymous brand with a collection of shoes for women, but continued with other collaborations alongside, notably an association with Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga that commenced in 2002, and opened his first store in Paris the following year. A second Paris store opened in 2009, followed by a US flagship in New York in 2010.

Celebrated for his bold colours and graphics and use of geometric emblems in appliqué or even protruding from the shoe in three dimensions, Hardy is perhaps as widely known now for his eye-catching sneakers as for the elevated women’s shoes with which he made his name. Over the last 25 years, he has continued to expand and experiment, turning his hand to fine jewelry for Hermès and makeup for Nars, as well as concept footwear for Peugeot.

With 600 shoes in the exhibition FootPrint. The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion, MoMu reveals the research of their archives, stories and creations. These live conversations will be moderated by author Hettie Judah, with an introduction by curator and collector Geert Bruloot.

Valerie Traan Gallery, Reyndersstraat 12, 2000 Antwerp

11u00 Admission / 11u30 Talks / 13u00 Brunch / 14u00 Optional guided tour FOOTPRINT exhibition at MoMu

€ 20 – 26 years and older
€ 15 – students & MoMu+Friends

Become a MoMu+Friend for just € 50 and enjoy many advantages throughout the year and join a breakfast talk for free!

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Ticket includes one breakfast talk session with brunch and free guided tour through FOOTPRINT