Stomp on over to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology for its “Boots: The Height of Fashion” exhibit on view from March 5 through April 6.
Curated by graduate students, it’s the museum’s first exhibit to focus exclusively on women’s boots, highlighting holdings from its extensive footwear collection and 20 pairs of women’s boots by some of the most innovative and sought-after designers, such as early 20th century designer Paul Poiret and contemporary favorites Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs and Manolo Blahnik.
The exhibit is divided into three sections entitled “Sex,” “Rebellion” and “Status,” with each section showcasing boots which convey each theme. From powerful, provocative styles to bold ones that challenged the status quo, “Boots: The Height of Fashion” highlights how throughout history, boots have emerged as expressive objects of strength and femininity.
With boots such a strong footwear silhouette, the exhibition is certainly timely.
Curious fashionistas interested in learning about the special practices involved in choosing, preserving and preparing boots for exhibition can check out the exhibit’s behind-the-scenes look at museum conservation techniques.
Admission is free and open to the public.