An exhibition exploring the role of accessories over 200 years of fashion

[On the cover: Roger Vivier for Christian Dior, evening pumps and purse, 1955-1959, gift of Arthur Schwartz]

There is still time to visit the ‘Head to Toe’ exhibition at Fit in New York, closing on the 15th of May. A 200-year journey through women’s fashion – from 1800 to the beginning of the 21st century – focusing on the role of accessories, from head to toe. The exhibition tackles the topic not only from the point of view of fashion, but also through the social and cultural values it expresses. Not a complement to dressing, but the real star of the female look. In this context, footwear has always played a fundamental role. On display are hats, glasses, scarves, fans, jewellery and -of course- shoes: a world of accessories that over the last two centuries have retained the power to communicate vital information about women’s lives and their role in society. The models by Roger Vivier and Manolo Blahnik had to be there, the first shoe with the red sole by Louboutin, but also safety boots by Dr. Martens; iconic models by several designers which have all defined a style.

Manolo Blahnik, evening pumps, 2003, donazione di Manolo Blahnik