The Fashion Museum in Bath reopens with an exhibition dedicated to footwear

[On the cover: a selection of shoes from Shoephoria! ]

Moved from last year to this year due to the pandemic, Shoephoria! opens on the 18th of May. With 200 pairs of shoes and boots, many of which come from the collection of the Fashion Museum itself, the exhibition traces the evolution of style over the past 300 years. Three centuries told through models worn by iconic figures of English cultural life, including actors Noel Coward and Margaret Lockwood, music stars like Fred Kitchen, dancers Margot Fonteyn and Alicia Markova, and the stars of the TV show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ 2020. The exhibition wants to offer an unprecedented point of view on the footwear of those who have produced and worn them throughout history. From the oldest shoes in the collection, a pair of red velvet mules from 1690, to sneakers from the 2000s and models designed by Vivienne Westwood, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and others, to a selection of vegan shoes. Part of the exhibition will also be the ‘Wearers’ Walkway’, a photographic presentation of “ordinary” people wearing “extraordinary” footwear. Simultaneously with Shoephoria!, the exhibition A History of Fashion in 100 Objects also opens at the Bath Museum, celebrating fashion from the 1600s to the present day.

Browse the gallery with the historical and modern models on show in Shoephoria!