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Monday, 7 May 2012

Christian Louboutin at the London Design Museum

The Baby and I went to the Christian Louboutin exhibition at the London Design Museum today. After some queueing in the rain (unfortunately others had the same idea on this rainy bank holiday), we finally made it into the exhibition. The exhibition is set up like a big Louboutin boutique with a main centre stage display of Louboutin's beautiful theatrical red-soled designs. My favourite shoe was "Black Tie", a black sandal with a Swarovski-studded black tie down the instep of the foot. The exhibition tells Louboutin's journey from an actor to a garden landscape designer and finally to a world famous shoe designer and explores Louboutin's inspiration (mainly through his travels), the design process and the construction and production of the shoe. Apparently Louboutin's fascination with high heels was awoken when he saw in a museum a sign of a red crossed-out stiletto, forbidding access in high heels.

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