A new exhibition at the Design Museum in London is attracting shoe lovers who want to learn more about the man behind the industry’s iconic red soles.
Shoe designer Christian Louboutin is famed all over the world for his glamorous footwear, and his designs have been a favourite on and off the red carpet for more than 20 years.
The exhibition – called simply Christian Louboutin – gives visitors a look inside the world of the designer and sheds light on his artistic process from design to production. His ability to fuse fashion with craftsmanship has made him one of the most impressive purveyors of shoes in the world.
“When we started I knew that women adored his shoes,” curator Donna Loveday told the Guardian, “but we wanted visitors to come away with an understanding of how he designs, what inspires him, and to look at his work in progress.”
Each part of the exhibition has been arranged thematically and has been set up to explore different aspects of his life and career – visitors see everything from teenage inspirations to his belief that “every woman wants to be a showgirl”, an assertion that is at the heart of every Louboutin design.
“When I am designing it starts from a sketch but is never complete until the moment of seeing it on someone’s foot,” Louboutin said of his artistic process.
In addition to an impressive collection of his shoes – many of which were loaned to the museum by Louboutin himself – visitors can also see the collection of shoes from his 2007 Fetish exhibition in Paris with photographer David Lynch.
The Christian Louboutin exhibition will remain open until 9 July.