High Heels, a History

After reading an article from Refinery29 about 15 New York women's biggest clothing purchase mistakes, it was comforting to know that I'm not the only one who thinks of some shoe purchases as more of art installments than as practical wardrobe options. Which is why the Brooklyn Museum's Killer Heels exhibit is an obvious must-see for any fashion minded person headed to NYC.

The exhibit features high heel designs from Alexander McQueen, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Prada, and Vivienne Westwood (to name a few) alongside shoes from before the birth of the fashion industry as we have come to know it. There are platforms from ancient China and sixteenth-century Italy, as well as the iconic Louis heel named for Louis XIV. There are Louboutin's previously owned and worn by Marilyn Monroe, as well as a few pieces that truly look like they grew out of the earth and simply wrapped around the foot. The display pieces are also accompanied by six short films inspired by high heels.

Killer Heels is a fascinating collection and comparison of high heels throughout history. Luckily, the Brooklyn Museum has extended the exhibition through March 1st, 2015. So if you can, strap on your favorite height enhancing footwear and get stepping to Brooklyn - the sooner the better!

video via the Brooklyn Museum