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British Fashion Designer Vivienne Westwood's Shoes at the Bowes Museum
Vivienne Westwood’s famous Pirate Boot which is still in production in different versions today.


COUNTY DURHAM, UK.- This exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, focusing on her designs of the ultimate fetish object: the shoe. The exhibition runs from 10 June until 10 July 2011 at the Bowes Museum in the The Fashion & Textile Gallery.

Vivienne Westwood hopes to present this unique collection, showcasing over 40 years of design, around the World. This international exhibition, which previewed in both Moscow and Beirut, traveled back to the UK in June where it is showcased at one of the most important museums outside London, The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle.

Visitors have only one month to catch the prestigious exhibition before it then travels to Japan, New York and China.

The exhibition is displayed in the new, internationally acclaimed Fashion & Textile Gallery in The Bowes Museum, and showcases over 100 shoe designs and trace the exceptional success of Dame Westwood’s career to date. Illustrating her defiance of the rules of wearability and convention, the exhibition is also evidence of her uncompromising quest for superb craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Westwood’s designs are a result of considered and distinctive influences - 16th Century Dutch Delft pottery as the inspiration for her 1996 Toile Print Boot, British colonialism reflected in the Sahara Plimsoll of 1999, Victorian dandyism influencing the 1996 Trompe l’Oeil Boot and Westwood’s nurse inspired 15.5 centimetre heel Mary Janes of Erotic Zones a salute to S/M and fetishism. Her shoes have also gained a reputation and created memorable fashion moments - the tumbling of Naomi Campbell when wearing the Super Elevated Gillie on the catwalk in 1993, the Rocking Horse which became an instant collectible when it appeared in 1986 and her Pirate Boots, first seen in 1981 but remain popular and in demand to the present day.

Today, Vivienne Westwood’s shoes are celebrated the world over for leading the way in design, creativity and style and have become famous British icons in their own right.
“Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal” - Vivienne Westwood





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