The FIT Museum debut a new Christian Louboutin exhibit March 13 featuring works from his collection. The exhibit chronicles his work going back over a decade and focuses on his inspirations. Louboutin’s collection of expensive shoes with the hallmark red soles have become synonymous with high fashion putting him in the same breath as Salvatore Ferragamo and Maholo Blahnik. The designer contributed a significant amount of designs from his back catalog and has recent designs on display at the museum as well. The exhibit runs through April 19, 2008 at the FIT Museum in New York City. See the complete press release below.
Christian Louboutin’s red-soled shoes have combined wit, glamour, and a certain “je ne sais quoi” to embody the perfect blend of sex appeal and beauty. The first exhibition to examine the career of this influential designer, Sole Desire: The Shoes of Christian Louboutin, will be on view at The Museum at FIT March 13 through April 19, 2008. It is organized and curated by FIT graduate students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice Master of Arts program.
The exhibition will showcase examples of Louboutin’s work from the collection of The Museum at FIT and the archive of Christian Louboutin. Not only will it highlight his innovative designs, but it will illustrate his understanding of today’s clientele and his contributions to contemporary fashion.
Born in 1963, Louboutin began his career early, sketching shoes at age 11. Frequenting nightclubs during his formative years, he was forever influenced by their high fashion and glamour. In 1988, after freelancing for design houses such as Maud Frizon, Chanel, and Yves Saint-Laurent, Louboutin joined Roger Vivier, a legend in shoe design, where he learned the importance of presentation. In 1989, after finishing his work with Vivier, Louboutin took a leave from fashion to work as a landscape designer. He successfully returned to the industry in 1992 with a collection of his own that integrated an Asian influence and the inspiration of gardens in the designs of his shoes and boutiques.
As his career developed, this designer brought the seductive stiletto out of the closet and into mainstream society, carrying along with it ideas of sexuality and eroticism that characterize the style of the Louboutin shoe.