The Soul of Louboutin
How could I resist an exhibition dedicated to shoes? Of course I can’t; but this wasn’t an exhibition of just any shoes; it was a retrospective of Christian Louboutin no less, celebrating twenty years of the designer. Stepping into the exhibition at the Design Museum, a huge selection of his work was on display; stilettos, shoe boots, platforms, peep-toes and pumps – they were all there in a variety of colours, styles and crystals but all bearing the unmistakeable red sole of Louboutin.
Every woman aspires to own a coveted pair of Louboutins and his shoes have adorned the feet of the glamorous and the famous all over the world. Just what is it though that makes a pair of these shoes so desirable? A high level of skill and craftsmanship goes into creating a pair of shoes, but they are more like individual works of art than shoes. Louboutin’s inspirations for his designs come from performance, cabaret and entertainment and designs for the ‘inner showgirl’ that exists within every woman. Indeed some of his designs were inspired by costumes worn by Marlene Dietrich that were made of sheer fabric studded with gemstones that made her appear nude.
In-keeping with the showgirl dimension of Louboutin’s work was the addition of Dita von Teese who features as a 3D hologram above the shoe collection. The burlesque queen was projected performing a snippet of her iconic act. Channelling the Louboutin trademark through wearing stockings with bright red tops and dressed in a beautiful lace gown and corset ensemble adorned with jet crystals, she mesmerised the viewers as she shimmied and chassed in a pair of bejewelled Louboutin stilettos. Dita’s captivating hologram was in short the next best thing to actually being at one of her shows.
The exhibition was a dazzling display of craftsmanship, design and sculpture from possibly the world’s greatest shoe designer and I was left with a burning desire to one day be the proud owner of a pair of Louboutins.