Here’s a date for your diary if you have an interest in high fashion which takes creativity and engineering to a new high. Between June 21st and September 15th 2013, the Christian Louboutin Retrospective will be exhibited at Design Exchange in Toronto.
Iconic French designer Louboutin is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to designing fashion footwear and modern handbags. He is mainly famous for his exquisite, teetering stiletto heels with their signature red lacquered soles that women can’t help but adore – these shoes ooze charm, sophistication, femininity and high glamour.
Over twenty years of designs are going to be exhibited at Design Exchange including his sky high heels, spiked platforms, bejeweled pumps and snazzy sneakers. But the exhibition isn’t all about the finished product. The goal is to explain to the audience the design methodology of this master craftsman – from the initial sketches and selection of raw materials to the creation of the finished shoe – how art meets fashion meets engineering. And how the mastermind is involved with the production of his shoes every step of the way: from prototype right through to factory production.
Louboutin, with little formal training, has definitely risen to the top of his trade – his company has topped the Luxury Institute’s annual Luxury Brand Status for three years, winning the title of ‘Most Prestigious Women’s Shoes’ in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He has a high number of celebrity clients including Lady Gaga, Joan Collins, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, and with price tags of over $2500 not uncommon for a pair of glitzy heels, it’s no surprise that the celebrities are flocking to buy them.
In the retrospective exhibition, the inspirational sources of Louboutin’s creativity will also be explored and these include film and architecture in addition to his travels which have taken him far and wide during his career.
Shauna Leven, President of Design Exchange is delighted to be hosting this prestigious exhibition and feels it gives Canadians a unique insight into the creativity and processes behind this luxury brand.
For more information, visit the Design Exchange website and check out details in upcoming exhibitions. http://www.dx.org/